After the runaway success of the first film, it looks as if the band might be getting back together for Black Panther 2.
Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct a sequel to the Marvel superhero flick, according to reports.
Coogler co-wrote the first Black Panther film alongside Joe Robert Cole. It is not yet clear whether Cole will return for the second instalment.
The Hollywood Reporter said that Coogler had agreed to spend 2019 writing the follow-up movie before filming starts either in late 219 or early 2020. Despite these rumours, the film has yet to be officially announced or given even a vague release date.
You’d be surprised if there wasn’t a second film, however, given the box-office performance of the previous one.
Earlier this year, Marvel’s mastermind Kevin Feige said that they were going to do a sequel, just that they’ve got no details to announce as of yet. He said: “Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that,
“One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two.”
In an earlier interview, Feige also said: “We always say we work on one movie at a time,
“If you have any good ideas, put it in the movie you’re making.
“If you don’t, you might not be able to make another one. That said, Panther has been around for more than half a century in the comic books and there are many, many stories to tell.”
That’s encouraging. After making such a good go of the first BP film, it would be a crying shame if they ruined it by not putting enough care and attention into the second.
Meanwhile, Coogler will have his hands full with the new live action/cartoon crossover Space Jam film.
Any film that brings LeBron James and Bugs Bunny to the same basketball court has got to be a success, right?
That project is to begin in 219 and Coogler has signed on to produce.
LeBron actually spoke very fondly of Coogler and said that Black Panther brought black superheroes to the table in a way that they weren’t when he was a kid.
He said: “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people,”
Let’s hope he can do it all again for the sequel.
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