Marvel Confirms Its Director For BLACK PANTHER
In case you've been living under a rock as I have as of the bottom of last year with all the downtime in the world, it was finally confirmed at the bottom of 2015 that Creed and Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler was in talks to direct Marvel's Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman has already made headlines with his official attachment to portray the character which will appear this May in Captain America: Civil War, all while names were being shuffled as hopefuls to direct the forthcoming comic book adaptation.
Alas, it wasn't official then, but it's official now, as per Marvel's latest announcement:
It’s official, Marvelites: Ryan Coogler will step up to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther,” in theaters February 16, 2018!
Chadwick Boseman will star in “Black Panther” after debuting as the character in the upcoming Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” in theaters May 6.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said producer Kevin Feige. “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.”
Coogler wrote and directed his first award-winning feature film, “Fruitvale Station,” in 2013. Most recently he directed the critically-acclaimed “Creed,” which earned Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Black Panther has been an important character in the Marvel universe for 50 years. He is the king of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, and Panther has served as a member of the Avengers in addition to his many solo adventures.
Coogler is represented by WME and Cohen Gardner LLP.