Hot off of the success of Creed, Ryan Coogler is looking to work with Marvel on his next job, as he is in talks to direct Black Panther. Rumors have been floating around for quite some time that Coogler was involved with the film, but a recent report from Birth. Movies. Death. confirmed the negotiations.
Marvel previously offered the film to Selma director Ava DuVernay, but she passed on the project on account of her not seeing eye to eye with the studio. While DuVernay certainly would have been a great hire for Marvel, it’s hard not to be excited about the idea of Coogler bringing Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa to the big screen in his own solo film.
The young director has only helmed two feature films, but both have been praised by critics and performed nicely at the box office. His first film, 2013’s Fruitvale Station, starred Michael B. Jordan and told the true story of Oscar Grant III, and his newest film Creed, which also stars Jordan, is a continuation of the Rocky franchise that focuses on Apollo Creed’s son. The latter of which earned an impressive $42 million at last week’s 5-day Thanksgiving box office and has garnered a great deal of Oscar buzz.
2018’s Black Panther, however, won’t mark the first time we see the superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he is will make his debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. In fact, Black Panther briefly shows up in the recently released first trailer for the film, and pictures of the character were released in Entertainment Weekly this week. Check them out below:
Black Panther is set for release on February 16, 2018. Other than Boseman, no cast members have come on board the film yet, but expect announcements to be made in the near future.
Source: Birth. Movies. Death.