Disney is developing a “Black Panther” television series set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda as part of a massive new five-year content deal with director Ryan Coogler, the company said Monday.
Global smash hit film( ) starring the late was adored by critics and audiences, becoming at the Oscars, and grossing over $ 1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,300 crores) worldwide.
It was also credited as a major step forward in African American representation for Hollywood, with a predominantly Black cast and writer-director in Coogler, who is also overseeing.
“is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation, “said executive chairman 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.”
Coogler’s company Proximity will develop a “wide variety” of projects for streaming serviceand other branches of the sprawling Mouse House studio.
“We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share,” said Coogler.
The untitled Wakanda series is the latest in a huge raft of Disney + television shows set in the world of the record-grossingsuperhero films.
At an investor presentation in December, Disney announced ““would hit the streaming service in the” next few years. “
Others included the-led Secret Invasion, If Beale Street Could Talk actress Dominique Thorne in Ironheart, and Don Cheadle for Armor Wars.
, the first new release in the Marvel franchise “universe” for almost two years due to delays caused by the pandemic, is currently airing on Disney + and .
The pioneering Boseman’s lead role in Black Panther willin the sequel film following in August from colon cancer, the company has said.
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