Tim Story

Since the release of his breakout comedy, "Barbershop" (2002), a low-budget ensemble piece about the goings on of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago, director Tim Story has vaulted over the competition into the upper echelons of filmmaking. Not satisfied with being a director of so-called urban movies, Story has always considered himself to be "an old school kind of director," one who can handle any material, from comedy to drama and everything in between, regardless of race. That attitude led famed producer Avi Arad to hire the up-and-comong director to helm the adaptation to the Marvel comic book series that started it all, "The Fantastic Four" (2005), with little action material on his resume.