James Lopez may be the President of Will Packer Productions; he may be the executive producer of some of the most successful African-American comedies like Girls Trip and Little but deep down he’s an extremely talented man who used used his passion in the music industry (while working at Atlanta Records) to re-brand himself into one the most in-demand Hollywood producers.
His ability to know when a script or an idea will be successful has resulted in Girls Trip grossing over $140 million dollars, had audiences laughing during Almost Christmas and What Men Want; shed light on learning disabilities in Night School, which starred Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish and helped cultivate an idea Marsai Martin had into one of the best comedies of the year.
In August he’ll help bring the scares in Jacob’s Ladder, a reimagining of the 1980’s thriller classic, starring Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie.
The Koalition spoke to Lopez about his journey from music to movies,the beauty of African-American filmmaking, his upcoming romantic comedy and more.
Little is currently available on digital and you can also bring the Little Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack home on July 9th.
Check out the interview below.