Writer-Director Ryan Coogler Talks FRUITVALE STATION, Bringing Oscar Grant’s Story to the Screen and Taking Dramatic License with the Story

     July 11, 2013


Opening this weekend is the indie film Fruitvale Station, inspired by the true-life story of Bay Area native Oscar Grant.  Debut feature writer-director Ryan Coogler – who is also from the Bay Area and about the same age Grant would have been – talked to us about his film that landed awards at both Cannes and Sundance.  Coogler commented on his decision to bring Grant’s story to the screen, working with cast members who possess varying levels of experience, taking dramatic license on the story and attending the prestigious film festivals.

Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray, opens July 12th.  Hit the jump for our video interview with Coogler.

Here’s a time index for the interview if you’d like to jump to the highlights.  The video follows below:

  • 0:15 – Talks about the reason behind his decision to bring Oscar Grant’s story to the screen.
  • 0:50 – Comments on working with his friends, up-and-coming actors and veteran members of the cast.
  • 2:25 – Talks about how much of the film is from anecdotes about Oscar’s last day and how much is due to dramatic license.
  • 3:40 – Comments on his experience going to the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes for the first time.

Here’s the official synopsis for Fruitvale Station:

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.


Around The Web

Latest News

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DC Entertainment Confirms Tao Okamoto’s Role

She is who you think she is.

Seth Rogen Christmas Comedy X-MAS Now Titled THE NIGHT BEFORE

The new film from '50/50' director Jonathan Levine also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.

Christopher McQuarrie Talks MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, Easter Eggs and More

He also reveals how much CG is in the underwater sequence and if there's a 'Mission: Impossible' bible.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Marvel Eyes Rachel McAdams for Lead Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch

Marvel's magical movie opens November 4, 2016.

Hugh Jackman Teases Final WOLVERINE Movie with New Image

The actor turns to Twitter for story ideas.

Disney’s BOB THE MUSICAL Adds Composer Bret McKenzie, In Talks with Michael Chabon

Tom Cruise is reportedly still circling the lead for director Michel Hazanavicius.

Richard Linklater May Direct Jennifer Lawrence in THE ROSIE PROJECT

The 'Boyhood' filmmaker is the favorite to helm the long-gestating romance, which at one point had Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II Revisited: “Who Wants to Be Decent?”

The franchise almost self-destructs in John Woo’s misguided, misogynistic sequel.

Collider Movie Talk – New SPIDER-MAN Writers, Adam Sandler, and More

The gang also talks new casting in 'Star Trek Beyond' and the continued success of 'Ant-Man' at the box office.

SPECTRE Theme Finished and Sounding “Fantastic”; Place Your Bets on Who Sang It

Odds are on Sam Smith.

Page 1 of 4,06112345...102030...Last »