Ryan Coogler is headed back to Wakanda, since he’s been selected to write and direct the “Black Panther” sequel.
The filmmaker quietly closed a deal to work on the project some time ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While Marvel has not made any official announcements about its slate of movies beyond the release of “Avengers 4” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” sources say Coogler is set to begin the script next year with hopes of starting production in late 2019 or early 2020.
The original Atlanta-filmed flick, which centers on T’Challa, the king of a fictional African nation, was an international success. Since its February 2018 release, it’s grossed more than $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion worldwide.
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita N’yongo, the movie was highly anticipated and spawned several hashtags across social media, including the #BlackPantherChallenge, which helped thousands of children see it for free, and #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe, which encouraged people to share the importance of the film.
The “Black Panther” sequel is one of several projects Coogler has his hand in. He’s developing the drama “Wrong Answer,” which follows an Atlanta math teacher who alters his students’ test scores. He’s also executive producing “Space Jam 2” and “Creed II.”
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