Ryan Coogler has decided to stick around Wakanda and the Mouse House for a little longer.
The Black Panther filmmaker has signed a new, five-year overall exclusive deal between Disney TV and his company Proximity Media. The deal allows Proximity Media to develop series for other Disney outlets. One of those projects will be a Wakanda-based Disney+ series.
In a statement, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger said:
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.”
Coogler is currently writing Black Panther II. Filming on the sequel is set to begin in Atlanta in July 2021. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will all be returning. There are rumors that Wright’s Shuri will become the next Black Panther after the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman last year.
Black Panther II hits theaters July 8, 2022.
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