Shaka King, our filmmaker, was on the Sundance movie pageant, with me on the similar time that I used to be there with Fruitvale. He was there for his directorial function debut, Newlyweeds. We had been a few the few black folks with our movies in this system. So we met, and have become quick associates. I cherished the film. I bought to know Shaka very well him, and cherished him. The first time that he advised me about this mission … he was like, ‘I’m truly engaged on this actually superb mission about Chairman Fred Hampton, and this man named William O’Neal.’ Who I didn’t know. I did not know who William O’Neal was, or his story.
When [Shaka] pitched the mission to me, I used to be simply kinda blown away. Chairman Fred Hampton is any individual whose life work, and the story of his assassination, has been related because the day occurred, and solely continues to change into extra related with context. But I additionally assume that Shaka’s standpoint, and the way he wished to inform the story, was additionally one thing that’s extraordinarily related, as effectively. So it was a mission that [Coogler’s wife] Zinzi and I could not actually get out of our heads. Right across the time we completed with Black Panther, Shaka gave us a name and stated he wished to go. He provided us the chance to change into producers on it. And the primary individual that I referred to as was Charles King.