Ryan Coogler Signs Deal With Disney, Including Wakanda TV Series
As a classic Matthew McConaughey character once said: “Time is a flat circle.” In the early days of Hollywood, studios would frequently lock down actors or creators in order to exclusively showcase their work. An often-unfair system, it’s gone of out practice. However, in recent years some creators are signing highly profitable deals to work exclusively with studios. One of the most exciting young talents in recent years has now officially joined the House of Mouse. Ryan Coogler has reportedly signed a five-year deal with Disney, which includes the production of a TV series based in Wakanda. Since bursting on to the scene with Fruitville Station, Creed, and (of course) Black Panther, Coogler is a director to watch.
Of course, the director is not entirely bound to Disney. The deal apparently only extends to television with Coogler’s company Proximity Media. Along with Coogler, his wife Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, stellar composer Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks are involved. The company is not just focused on television, but also works to develop feature films, podcasts, and other media that highlights stories and subjects not often focused on in the mainstream.
The first project that Ryan Coogler and company will produce for Disney is a TV series based in Wakanda. After T’Challa star Chadwick Boseman died from cancer, the future of the entire Black Panther franchise was left in doubt. We know he won’t be recast for future films, meaning that one of the other characters who’ve worn the mantle of Black Panther in the comics will suit up. Still, Wakanda is a rich (fictional) nation that contains a multitude of stories. Thus a TV series based in Wakanda makes perfect sense.
Image via Marvel Studios
As Ryan Coogler said in a statement, via Deadline.com:
“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.”
Disney Executive Chairman, Bob Iger called Coogler a “singular storyteller” and “one of the standout filmmakers of his generation.” He also expressed pride in Black Panther, and he promised that they are eager to tell more stories with Proximity Media.
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