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'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Signs 5 Year TV Deal With Disney

By: Christine Imarenezor

Black Panther co-writer Ryan Coogler will be making his television show directing debut on Disney+, now that his multi-media company, Proximity Media, has inked a 5-year deal with The Walt Disney Company.

In the exclusive agreement revealed on Marvel's website, he and his colleagues will be creating a Black Panther drama series spin-off focusing on the characters within the Kingdom of Wakanda.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true," stated Coogler in an issued statement. "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. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms."

He continues: "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.”

Proximity Media will also produce television shows for other divisions of the Disney empire. Walt Disney Company executive chairman, Bob Iger, shared his organization's delight to be working with the Oakland native.

“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. 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.”

Shortly after its 2018 world premiere, Black Panther hit the $1 billion mark in the global box office, making Coogler the second Black director to do so, following F. Gary Gray for The Fate of the Furious (2017).

Following the untimely death of actor extraordinaire and Black Panther lead Chadwick Boseman, Disney revealed that his character, T'Challa, will not be recast in Black Panther 2, the sequel due in July 2022. It's not clear whether King T'Challa will be recast in the Wakanda-focused television series.

Black Panther is now streaming on Disney+.

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