Ryan Coogler Signs on to Write & Direct 'Black Panther' Sequel

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The filmmaker behind the $1.three billion hit is anticipated to start penning the follow-up subsequent yr, say sources.

Ryan Coogler goes again to Wakanda.

Sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmaker behind Marvel’s landmark Black Panther has quietly closed a deal to put in writing and direct the sequel.

While the transfer was anticipated — Marvel needed to maintain the inventive crew as intact as attainable and a sequel was by no means in any actual doubt — the timing was at all times unclear. 

Black Panther, centering on T'Challa, the king of a fictional African nation, was an outsized success each commercially and critically. The pic, which starred Chadwick Boseman because the titular hero, grossed $700 million domestically and greater than $1.three billion worldwide, and can be thought of a contender for Oscar consideration. The film grew to become a defining cultural second and touchstone, particularly for the black neighborhood.

In the weeks prior and after the movie’s February launch, each Marvel and Coogler’s camp had been hounded about when a sequel deal can be inked. Typically, a filmmaker is greater than keen to shortly signal on for a follow-up, and a studio is keen to snap up a key piece of expertise within the lead-up to or proper after a profitable opening. But Coogler’s camp shook off the peer stress and took its time in making a deal, which occurred below the radar a while in the past.

Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to put in writing the script subsequent yr with an eye fixed to start out manufacturing in both late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and dad or mum firm Disney, nonetheless, haven't made any official bulletins about Marvel's slate of flicks past the discharge of the subsequent Avengers pic in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans might shift.

Coogler is creating the drama Wrong Answer along with his frequent collaborator and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. He is also government producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and acts in the identical capability on the upcoming Creed 2.

Coogler is repped by WME and Cohen & Gardner.

This article was initially revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.