As Wakanda series in the works. As reported by Deadline, Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther, has signed a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Disney for his Proximity Media production company. Among the projects being put together as part of the massive deal, Coogler is developing a series exploring the world of Wakanda.
Details on the untitled Wakanda series remain firmly under wraps for now. There is no word yet on who will star. It comes after the tragic and untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman, who died last year following a battle with cancer.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Coogler said on behalf of Proximity Media.
This will keep Disney in the Ryan Coogler business for a long time to come. Coogler is currently at work on Black Panther 2. The sequel would have originally brought back Boseman as T’Challa. Following Boseman’s passing, Marvel and Coogler decided to rewrite the script. Marvel will not recast the role of T’Challa. Instead, a new character is expected to take up the mantle of Black Panther.
Marvel has a full slate of shows in the works for Disney+. WandaVision recently debuted on the streaming service, ushering in a new era for the MCU on the small screen. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Ms Marvel are coming. Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, Armor Wars and What If? are in the works as well. With that in mind, the Wakanda series is likely a few years away.
Black Panther 2 hits theaters on July 8, 2022.