Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler has signed onto a new five-year exclusive deal to develop a Wakanda-based Disney+ series.
The deal is between Disney TV and Coolger’s Proximity Media, the writer-director will not only develop this series but also have a role in other Marvel Cinematic Universe shows.
“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.”Disney Executive Chairman and former CEO Bob Iger
Coogler owns his own media company called Proximity Media. Principles in the company are Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks.
Coogler is working on the sequel for Black Panther. A $1.34 billion grossing 2018 film that earned a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards and starred late actor Chadwick Boseman. The sequel has a July 8, 2022 release date. Filming is currently set to start in July.
“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. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. 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.”Ryan Coogler
Coogler’s credits are big and include Creed where he convinced Sylvester Stallone to allow him to revive both his Rocky Balboa character and the franchise. Coogler followed Creed with Black Panther which grossed north of $1.3 billion globally, the most for any film by a Black filmmaker.