February 7, 2023

Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media will oversee an all-new Marvel Studios Wakanda live-action series for Disney Plus

Wakanda Forever.

The sad demise of lead actor Chadwick Boseman notwithstanding, the future of ‘Black Panther‘ seems rosy at the moment. Although there is still no word yet on how the sequel to the $1billion grossing original movie will play out. Or how they will approach the sensitive subject of Boseman’s death. that hasn’t stopped Disney+ from commissioning a series based on the character.

Black Panther (Image courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney)

The director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler has signed a five-year exclusive television deal with the streaming service. And amongst preparations for ‘Black Panther II‘, it has been confirmed that Coogler along with his Proximity Media production company will be developing a drama based in the fictional kingdom of Wakanda.

Executive Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger had this to say about both Coogler and the project:

“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”

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Black Panther (Image courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney)

Coogler himself had this to say:

“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.”

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Director Ryan Coogler attends the Black Panther BFI preview screening on February 9, 2018, in London, England.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original film to be brutally honest. Some of it was enjoyable. But in other ways, other aspects infuriated me. None of the problems had anything to do with Chadwick Boseman, who was born to play the character of T’Challa. I smiled every time Boseman appeared as the iconic hero as his performance was pitch-perfect. And was the highlight of the movie. That being said, however, I do have my reservations about the character continuing in a sequel. I honestly believe that the character should be retired in tribute to the actor. In comic book lore though, T’Challa’s sister Shuri took on the mantle of the Black Panther. This could be the path the sequel follows.

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Black Panther (Image courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney)

The series has the potential to be something extraordinary if done with the love and attention it deserves. For example, it DOESN’T have to follow T’Challa or be set in modern times. Instead, it could so easily be set within the history of Wakanda itself. Firstly, it could focus on other incarnations of the Black Panther from years gone by as the main focus. That would be so cool! But with Ryan Coogler at the helm, whatever they come with for the show will almost certainly blow the audience away.

“Wakanda forever!”

Source: Deadline


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