OFFICIAL: CREED Director Ryan Coogler Will Direct Marvel's BLACK PANTHER
A few short moments ago, Marvel Studios officially announced that Ryan Coogler, director/writer of critically acclaimed films such as Creed & Fruitvale Station, will in fact helm the eighteenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Black Panther. The film will star Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa and is expected to hit theaters February 16, 2018.
Marvel president Kevin Feige released this statement about Coogler, who is easily the most accomplished director Marvel has landed to date, signing on: “We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family, The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct ‘Black Panther.’ Many fans have waited a long time to see Black Panther in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.”
Ryan Coogler Co-Writing BLACK PANTHER For Marvel; Update On Cast And Shooting ScheduleComicCon 2016 Panel
Spider-Man swinging his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe slightly delayed Black Panther's first solo adventure, but the movie is still happening with Creed director Ryan Coogler at the helm. However, other than the fact that Coogler is directing and Captain America: Civil War star Chadwick Boseman will be reprising the role of T'Challa, we know nothing about what to expect from this movie. Well, when Collider caught up with Kevin Feige recently, they asked for an update and just how close the script is to being finished. "Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year."
Ryan Coogler Says Marvel's Current BLACK PANTHER Comics Are Influencing His Film
While story details on the Black Panther solo film have been kept under wraps, director Ryan Coogler offered some insight over the weekend as to which comic stories the film would draw influence from. In an interview with Vulture, Coogler cites the recent best-selling run (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, penciled by Brian Stelfreeze, and colored by Laura Martin) as a massive inspiration. “Oh, I love it, man. I mean, [Coates] is my favorite writer right now in the world. Since being turned on to his work, I’m reading everything that he does. His nonfiction work, especially. But what he’s doing with 'Panther' is just incredible. You can really see his background as a poet in some of the dialogue. And what Brian Stelfreeze is doing with the visuals in that book. And some of the questions that it’s asking. It’s just inspiring for [co-screenwriter] Joe Robert Cole and myself."
Coogler also spoke a bit more on how he doesn't see Black Panther as a traditional superhero. "What’s so great about Panther is he’s a superhero who, if you grab him and ask him if he’s a superhero, he’ll tell you, 'No,'" he continued. "He sees himself as a politician, as a leader in his country. It just so happens that the country is a warrior-based nation where the leaders have to be warriors, as well, so sometimes he has to go fight. I think starting at that is really so interesting. If you look at that, anything that’s happening in the world right now, or in the world in the past, in the political realm and how people deal with each other, it can be an inspiration.”
First BLACK PANTHER Story Details Revealed; Unexpected Team-Up And Two Villains Confirmed
Marvel Studios brought Black Panther to Comic-Con this past weekend, but with shooting not scheduled to begin until January, they obviously didn't have much to show. However, Collider has spotted a Marvel.com interview with star Lupita Nyong’o (The Jungle Book) in which the actress revealed the first plot details about the movie. She'll probably be getting in trouble for this!
"The story of this Black Panther is- what am I allowed to say? – The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy," Nyong'o revealed. So, it's now become clear that Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger will have some backup, and common sense says that's probably going to be Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaw. That's far from confirmed as of right now though, so who knows! The C.I.A. team-up meanwhile is surprising, but explains Everett Ross' role.
Joe Robert Cole Shares BLACK PANTHER Details
While at a FX sponsored cocktail party, /Film had the chance to speak Joe Robert Cole (The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) about his current work on the Black Panther script. A product of the Marvel Writer's Room, Cole went on to write the critically-acclaimed miniseries for FX before circling back to Marvel.
Before jumping into his own work, Cole praised Chadwick's performance as T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War. "First, I think Chadwick did a phenomenal job in Civil War in setting the tone for him being a king, for the nobility. At the end, I thought his turn was fantastic and how he rose above his own vengeance. I think that was a great introduction to him. Our standalone movie will begin shortly after Civil War ends. So we’ll be able to see him mourning and him starting to take command as king of his own nation. Lots of things are going to occur within regards to that. The country will be under threat from inside and out so we’ll learn what Wakanda is, that nation, as the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. Also, as Wakanda’s rise to prominence happens, it will affect the MCU moving forward which is really exciting."
Cole went on to add that he'll draw inspiration from surrounding African countries to craft Wakanda culture and heritage. “Africa is such a huge nation. There are so many countries, each of them with different histories, mythologies, and cultures but what we tried to do was hone in on some of the history, some of the cultural influences and then extrapolate out in our technology, extrapolate out in how we see Wakanda and the different parts of the country and the culture of the country as well. So we wanted to root it in reality first and then build out from there, so we’d feel pretty authentic and grounded.”
Chadwick Boseman Hints That We Might See Previous BLACK PANTHERS In His Solo Film
In talking with Yahoo Movies about the debut of Black Panther in Marvel's Captain America; Civil War, Chadwick Boseman was quick to refute all notions that T'Challa has had any kind of origin story told in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far. “If you saw the tease at the end [of ‘Civil War’] in Wakanda, that’s more mystery there so I think there’s a lot to reveal about the character. You’re going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past. You can go through all the comic books and know that there’s more Panthers that have existed in the past - that’s origin."
Open Casting Call May Provide Some Hints About The Movie's Plot
SMTV has picked up on an open casting call for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, which might give us an idea of one particular aspect of the plot. It seems Marvel is looking for men, women, and children to play Wakandans (no surprise there), as well as Korean and Filipino men and women for street scenes - but here's the interesting bit: they're also searching for people of all ethnicities (with real world weaponry experience) to play CIA agents.
Though the majority of the story will most likley play out in Wakanda, this does seem to confirm that T'Challa will be returning to the US at some point - unless of course the CIA make the trip to Panther's homeland in an effort to bring him in for his actions in Captain America: Civil War. Either way, it definitely looks like we're going to witness the ramifications of T'Challa aiding Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes in the character's solo big screen outing.
BLACK PANTHER Will Delve Into An Unexpected Area Of T'Challa's Past In 1990s AmericaNew Logo Spotted
After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War last year, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther will receive his own solo outing in a star-studded movie set to be released next year. Shooting begins in Atlanta soon, and while we obviously already know how T'Challa took on that mantle, the film will delve even further into his past. That's confirmed in a very interesting report from the East Bay Times.
Apparently, the Oakland, California-based AC Transit public transportation agency has given Marvel Studios permission to use its 1990s era logo in Black Panther. The newspaper goes on to mention that it's going to be used in a flashback to the time T'Challa spent in Saint Mary's College High School.
That's obviously going to lead to the young price boarding an AC Transit bus, and fans of the source material will no doubt already be well aware that T'Challa actually travelled to the United States under the alias Luke Charles. Black Panther delving into that part of the character's life is very interesting, and with production taking place in Atlanta, Marvel will hire a vintage bus and place the logo on it.
MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON “BLACK PANTHER” Press Release
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis Star in the Newest Chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
BURBANK, CALIF. (January 26, 2017)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).
Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”).
Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) directs Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018, will be shot in Atlanta and South Korea.
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Coogler’s creative brain trust includes his frequent collaborators: director of photography Rachel Morrison, A.S.C. (“Dope,” “Fruitvale Station”), production designer Hannah Beachler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), editors Claudia Castello (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael P. Shawver (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”); along with costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Selma,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), visuals effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann (“Doctor Strange,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Academy Award®- winning makeup designer Joel Harlow (“Star Trek Beyond,” “Black Mass”) and seven-time Academy Award® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).
Based on the Marvel comic character that first appeared in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966, “Black Panther” joins Marvel Studios’ slate of releases in its Phase 3 commitment to introduce film audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites over the course of four years and nine films.
In 2016, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Captain America: Civil War,” which opened on May 6 with the fifth largest opening weekend of all time and has since garnered box office receipts of over $1.1 billion worldwide.
The juggernaut studio ended the year with its newest Super Hero “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. The film opened #1 at the box office on November 4 and went on to gross more than $659 million worldwide to date. The two films propelled Marvel Studios’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 14 consecutive films.