Wakanda forever! According to Deadline, filmmaker Ryan Coogler has extended his relationship with Disney. The Black Panther director and co-writer has signed a five-year television deal with the studio via his production company Proximity Media. 

So, what does Coogler have in store for us? A drama for Disney Plus centered on Wakanda! Not much about said show is known beyond the subject matter. Both Coogler and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, have released statements. Here’s what Coogler had 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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Iger heaped praise upon Coogler for his visionary work.

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.

Ryan Coogler’s directorial star is continuously on the rise. He first caught the eye of critics with 2013’s Michael B. Jordan drama Fruitvale Station. Coogler followed with Creed in 2015, also starring Jordan as Adonis Johnson with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. Black Panther arrived in 2018 to critical and audience adoration in equal measure. It holds the distinction of being the first superhero film to garner a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Now, Black Panther II is purported to arrive in 2022. Coogler has stated that the part of T’Challa will not be recast after the inimitable Chadwick Boseman‘s untimely death last year. 

Personally, I’m elated that Coogler and Disney want to continue their exploration of Wakanda in television form. Black Panther is one of my favorite Marvel movies. I hope we get to see characters from the film franchise cross over to their TV counterpart. 

Would you watch a drama about Wakanda from Ryan Coogler? Sound off in the comments below!



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