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Ryan Coogler Signs deal to Write and Direct ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

Wakanda had the whole of Africa/Black people excited as Marvel finally made a superhero film that had a Black character as the lead hero, directed by Ryan Coogler the film grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and became a cultural force. Black Panther has also become a major awards contender, frequently mentioned as a potential nominee in the best picture Oscar race. Disney has formally thrown down the gauntlet by tapping an awards strategistto guide the film, and making clear that it would not settle for a best popular Oscar statuette—a category the Academy won’t actually hand out in 2019 after all.

According to the Hollywood ReporterRyan Coogler has closed a deal to write and direct the sequel to Black Panther. Sources tell the outlet that Coogler will spend the next year writing a script, and will aim to begin production in late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of the next Avengers pic in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans could shift. While the move was expected — Marvel wanted to keep the creative team as intact as possible and a sequel was never in any real doubt — the timing was always unclear.

Coogler’s artistic sensibility is helped with the success of Black Panther and, he’s one of the key reasons the movie was so wildly lauded. The director known for his work on Creed, and Fruitvale Station, is currently working on developing the education drama Wrong Answer, starring frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan (a.k.a. Erik Killmonger), and producing Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James.

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