Disney to get Wakanda Series by ‘Black Panther’ Director

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is set to develop a TV series set in the futuristic kingdom of Wakanda for streaming giant Disney+.

The new series will be created as part of a five-year television deal between Coogler’s Proximity Media and Walt Disney Co. According to Coogler, “We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.” The deal also includes the option of Coogler writing and directing projects for other parts of the Disney banner and not just Marvel Studios.

Disney to get Wakanda Series from Black Panther Director
T’Challa aka Black Panther

Coogler has helmed the much-acclaimed Black Panther (2018) and is currently working on Black Panther II, slated to release in 2022.

He (Coogler) has brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful, and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment… We look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.

Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger

Although details are scarce on the new TV series, we know that it is supposed to be set in the futuristic kingdom of Wakanda. Wakanda, superhero Black Panther’s homeland, is a fictional country in sub-Saharan Africa, and has frequently been featured in many films of the Marvel Universe, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, and Captain America: Civil War. It is depicted as the most highly developed nation on the planet.

Disney to get Wakanda Series from Black Panther Director
Ryan Coogler

Meanwhile, Coogler has confirmed that for his current project Black Panther II, he will neither recast another actor as Black Panther in the late actor Chadwick Boseman’s role, nor recreate him using CGI.

The original Black Panther had created history by being the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a predominantly Black cast and a Black director. It had won universal critical and commercial acclaim, and even bagged seven Oscar nominations.

The sequel to Black Panther is slated to release in July 2022.

About Black Panther

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the first Marvel film to have a predominantly Black cast. It won universal commercial and critical acclaim grossing $1.3 billion at the box-office and bagging several Oscar nominations.

The film is set in Wakanda and stars the late Chadwick Boseman as the titular character alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis, among others.

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