Ryan Coogler will Write and Direct ‘Black Panther’s Sequel

The filmmaker behind the $1.3 billion hit is expected to begin penning the follow-up next year

The Hollywood Reporter says, that Ryan Coogler has closed a deal to both write and direct Black Panther 2. Apparently, the deal happened a while ago but is just now becoming public.

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Black Panther is only the third film ever to gross over $700 million domestically; it’s also Marvel’s highest grossing film in that category as well. A sequel was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when and with whom. Everyone wanted Coogler to come back and, now, he will.

as per THR sources  the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of the next Avengers pic in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans could shift.

Coogler is developing the drama Wrong Answer with his frequent collaborator and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. He also is executive producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and acts in the same capacity on the upcoming Creed 2.

Coogler is repped by WME and Cohen & Gardner.

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