Ryan Coogler Developing ‘Black Panther’ Series At Disney+ Under New 5-Year Deal With Streaming Platform
The Black Panther franchise is making its mark in more ways than one.
As the sequel to the highly-successful 2018 film is just months from kicking off production in July, new reports have announced that a series is also on the way at Disney+.
According to The Wrap, the project will fall under Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s new five-year overall TV deal with Disney+, and will focus on Wakanda. Ryan Coogler’s contract includes an exclusive deal with his Proximity Media company, which is also slated to develop other TV projects for Disney brands such as Hulu, ABC, and Freeform.
The new show will mark the 12th series from Marvel Studios to hit Disney+.
Ryan Coogler, who is also writing the script for the Black Panther sequel, said in a statement,
“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.”
Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Compay said,
“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.”
The original Black Panther film was released on Feb. 16, 2018 and grossed more than $1 billion globally. The sequel is currently scheduled to be released in 2022.
After the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said his role would not be recast in Black Panther 2, but he did confirm that Chadwick Boseman will appear as an animated version of Black Panther in Disney+’s upcoming series What If…?
He said during an interview with Emmy Magazine:
“[Boseman] came in about four times and recorded numerous episodes. In hindsight, it’s very moving.”
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