Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is working to bring a Wakanda TV series to Disney+, Variety reports. The upcoming project about the afrofuturist nation featured in Black Panther is part of a 5-year deal Coogler and his Proximity Media signed with Disney, which will also include future TV projects.
As part of Proximity’s new deal with Disney, they’ll develop shows for multiple divisions of the Disney company, which include ABC, Hulu, and Freeform. If the Wakanda project goes to series, it’ll mark the 12th Marvel TV show on Disney+, where WandaVision just debuted and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki are expected later this year.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “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.”
Coogler, who said it was “an honor” to partner with Disney, added, “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,” he continued. “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.”
Coogler is currently working on the sequel to Black Panther, which is expected to premiere in 2022. While Black Panther II is going forward after Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer last summer, the film will not recast the late actor’s character.
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