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The fictitious kingdom of Wakanda, the mystical setting of the “Black Panther” comics and blockbuster movie, will live on in series format now that Disney has expanded its partnership with filmmaker Ryan Coogler.
On Monday, the company announced its five-year overall deal with the acclaimed director’s Proximity Media to develop TV projects for other parts of Disney, which include ABC, Freeform and Hulu.
Among the projects in the works is a spinoff series that will center on the Kingdom of Wakanda for Disney+.
“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,” Coogler said in a statement.
“We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms,” he continued. “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.”
The Oakland-born auteur is reportedly currently re-writing the script for “Black Panther II,” which is due out in 2022.
Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige has previously stated they will not recast Chadwick Boseman’s role as T’Challa/Black Panther and will instead shift the focus of the sequel to other characters.
Last week, “Black Panther” co-star Michael B. Jordan said he’s open to returning to the world of Wakanda as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens.
The first “Black Panther” was a global blockbuster hit and cultural phenomenon, grossing more than $1 billion at the international box office.
Aside from “Black Panther,” Coogler is known for directing “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station” (which starred Jordan) and more recently produced the “Space Jam” sequel with LeBron James and Shaka King’s masterful historical drama “Judas and the Black Messiah,” based on Black Panther leader Fred Hampton’s assassination.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” Disney chieftain Bob Iger said. “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.”
The planned Wakanda series would be the 12th Marvel Studios show set up for Disney+.
The first one, “WandaVision” debuted last month and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” and “Loki” are set to premiere in March and May.