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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan hope to make film about African King Mansa Musa – the richest man in history

HISTORY: Michael B. Jordan (right) and Ryan Coogler

HISTORY: Michael B. Jordan (right) and Ryan Coogler

DIRECTOR RYAN Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan have worked together since 2013.

Their first project was Fruitvale Station where Michael portrayed Oscar Grant, a San Fransisco Bay-area young man gunned down on the BART transit system.

The film made the two stars on the independent film circuit and inadvertently earned them more high-profile jobs.

Michael went on to star in the most recent Fantastic Four film and ended last year ended on a high when the two reunited for Creed, the new installment of the Rockyfranchise that focuses on Apollo Creed’s son Adonis.

With just two films under his belt, Ryan seems invincible. Jordan’s best performances came while working with Ryan, and the two realise that they need each other to survive in Hollywood.

“You got to tell stories in today, or in the future,” says Jordan. “Or can we go back even further? There’s always one period that people want to go back to, but can we go back to Hannibal? Or Mansa Musa, destroying economies as he traveled? Can we go back to the Egyptians?”

Mansa Musa I of Mali – the obscure 14th century African king was the richest person in all history.

With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world’s current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion.

Mansa Musa I ruled West Africa’s Malian Empire in the early 1300s, making his fortune by exploiting his country’s salt and gold production. Many mosques he built as a young man still stand today.

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5 thoughts on “Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan hope to make film about African King Mansa Musa – the richest man in history

  1. Pingback: Mansa Musa the Movie | History at Normandale

  2. While thumbing down my timeline on Facebook, I hat to stop and do double take when I saw the word MANSA. My first thoughts were “yes” and “finally”. To cut to the meat of this message, I am here to tell you that I have a short but powerful script written about a fictional slice of the great Mansa and the region. I would love for you to check it out and let me know how you feel about it. I am no professional, but I believe that we have to tell our own stories before there are none for us to tell. Thank you and I hope this message finds its way to you.

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  3. I would love to be part of his-story, it would be an eye opener for the world. Please if at all possible, send me any casting call information.
    Best Regards,
    Mordecai E. Mose

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  4. I think It’s great that these two gentlemen are wanting to do a story about my ancestor on my father’s side. I wish I knew how to get a hold of either them about this. I bet my dad could help them with their research.

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