Miami — Twenty years ago, freshly graduated from college, Will Packer loaded 350 newspapers into his Honda Civic every day at dawn and drove around Atlanta, tossing them onto lawns and driveways. In the afternoons, he sold subscriptions door to door.
2015 was the year of the man. As we all bobbed our heads to Jidenna’s new men’s anthem, Classic Man, Hollywood’s favorite producer Will “Power” Packer was busy in the studio working on movie and television gold.
Producer Will Packer is seemingly everywhere at once. He shepherded “Straight Outta Compton” to box office glory this past summer. He fielded two comedies for the 2015-16 season: NBC’s “Truth Be Told” and ABC’s upcoming “Uncle Buck.” He’s winding down the year at his home base in Atlanta, finishing work on “Ride Along 2,” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, for a January release. And he’s preparing for the challenge of revisiting “Roots” as a miniseries for A&E, History and Lifetime next year.
Producer Will Packer (Truth Be Told, Uncle Buck) has teamed with actor-rapper-producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) for My Friend 50, a single-camera series project, which has landed at Fox with the duo executive producing and 50 Cent set to recur, making occasional appearances as a version of himself. Written on spec by Ava Tramer (TBS’ Angie Tribeca), My Friend 50, which has a script order, follows Amanda Kramer, an unstable twentysomething who believes that joining 50 Cent’s entourage is the answer to all her problems. Her unlikely journey with 50 Cent’s crew takes the form of a bizarre documentary commissioned by the most unreliable narrator in history: Amanda.
Fox has put in development The Diplomats, a drama project from Royal Pains co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Lenchewski and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton).Created and written by Lenchewski, The Diplomats — like Royal Pains — has a buddy element at the center. It revolves around two female State Department agents who are assigned to work together on a major diplomatic crisis, but the fate of the world might rest on whether these women can get along with each other.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems’ romantic comedy feature franchise Think Like A Man is heading to television with its creative team on board.
Fox is developing Think Like A Man, a single-camera comedy executive produced by comedian Steve Harvey, on whose best-selling advice book the movies were based, and by the films’ producer Will Packer. Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, who wrote the 2012 movie and the 2014 sequel Think Like A Man Too, will pen the TV adaptation and will executive produce. Tim Story, who
directed both movies, will helm the potential pilot and also executive produce, along with Gerald Washington, president of Harvey’s East 112th Street Productions. Will Packer Prods.’ Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces. Continue reading “Deadline: ‘Think Like A Man’ TV Series In Works At Fox From Steve Harvey, Will Packer & Tim Story”
Hollywood Producer Will Packer and his wife Heather Hayslett share their August wedding joy –and how ESSENCE brought them together.
Will Packer, a magma cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University, visited Orlando, FL on Friday, September 25 for a fireside chat at the 2015 National Black MBA Association’s Annual National Conference moderated by actress Nicole Ari Parker.
Will Packer is known for producing movies featuring African American characters, including the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises. Eva Longoria is producing two series with Latino protagonists, Devious Maids and NBC’s upcoming Hot & Bothered, in which she stars. Now Packer and Longoria have teamed for Bonita & Mechelle, a multi-camera comedy for NBC, which centers on two women, one Hispanic and one African American. The women find themselves living together while conquering the ups and downs of single life and parenting.
Will Packer Productions continues its push in the hourlong arena this season with Under Her Thumb. The drama, created by Alison McDonald (Red Band Society, American Dad!), has sold to NBC with a put pilot commitment. Universal TV, where Packer recently renewed his overall deal, is the studio. Written by McDonald, Under Her Thumb is described as “Glengarry Glen Ross meets The Real Housewives” and as a campy cautionary tale set in the morally bankrupt world of high-end New York City real estate. McDonald and Packer executive produce, Will Packer Prods. head of TV Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces.