Black Panther Director Developing Wakanda Series for Disney+

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We already know that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is hard at work on a sequel to his billion-dollar-grossing superhero blockbuster from 2018, but fans of T’Challa and his hyper-advanced home nation of Wakanda should be happy to hear that there’s even more Black Panther content on the way. As part of a new five-year television deal, Disney announced today (via Deadline) that Coogler and his multimedia company, Proximity Media, would be developing a new drama based on the Kingdom of Wakanda for its increasingly popular streaming service, Disney+.

“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Disney executive chairman Bob Iger. “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,” Coogler said. “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.”

Black Panther was released in 2018 and turned out to be a smash hit, grossing more than $1.3 billion globally. Following the tragic death of its star, actor Chadwick Boseman, Disney and Coogler have opted not to recast the role of T’Challa for the sequel. Rumors suggest that his sister, Shuri, will take on the mantle of the Black Panther.

Tsing Mui
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