‘Creed’s’ Ryan Coogler in Talks to Direct ‘Black Panther’

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“Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler is in talks to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther,” sources confirm for Variety.

Kevin Feige is producing the film which stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder.

Joe Robert Cole is penning the script.

This marks the second time the studio has approached Coogler about directing the film. At the time he didn’t feel it was the right fit for him, and returned to finish post-production on “Creed.” With “Creed” now behind him, Coogler had a change of heart.

Marvel previously considered director Ava DuVernay for the job as well as F. Gary Gray. The film will hit theaters on July 6, 2018.

“Creed” is coming off a $40 million-plus opening weekend, with awards pundits seeing Oscar potential. Coogler first broke out on to the scene with the Sundance hit “Fruitvale Station,” which also had a hand in launching “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan’s career as well.

He is repped by WME. News was first reported by Birth.Movies.Death.

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  1. loco73 says:

    Can we please get Coogler to direct (should there be one) the entire third season of “True Detective”?! Who knows maybe we can even get an Oscar Isaac and Michael B. Jordan (with some Benicio Del Toro in there) ideal casting and pairing?!?!

    Come on Pizzolatto and HBO powers that be, pull your heads out of your asses and make it happen! Pizzolato can remain as an executive producer and pen some of the episodes, but he needs to crack open the safe room and start collaborating with other talent, especially writers.

    Actually I would very much like Ryan Coogler to perhaps direct one of the “Star Wars Anthology” movies, again with Michael B. Jordan involved somehow…

  2. . says:

    He also started in “T.H.E. Cat” – a television series about a cat burglar. He would introduce himself at “T. Hewitt Edward Cat.” Eventually someone asked what the T was for, and he replied, “Tom.”

  3. RobertaKOlson says:

    Robert Loggia grew up in Grant City on Staten Island. The next town was New Dorp. During those years he was “Bobby” Loggia and his closest friends were Jackie McDonald, my brother, Herm (Bud) Methfessel. During those formative years he was always at our house at 23 Burbank Avenue, New Dorp. My mom would play the piano and he would sing and he loved the dramatics my mom would often teach him. We always had a great time when he was at our house and he remained close friends with my brother, Herm, who passed away one year ago. They stayed in touch over the years and now my brother, Herm, and his pal, Bobby, can be together again as they were when we were growing up on Staten Island. He was a great actor who worked infinitely more than the most famous actors and probably made a hell of a lot more money than they did because he was always employed. I will miss him, his personality, his laughter, and his charm. My brother and his buddy can now be together again….. John Methfessel

  4. Orlando says:

    I definitely hope this signing becomes truth, Cooglar is a talented upcoming director and I think he will be a great fit for “Black Panther” if he gets the directing gig.

  5. Tim says:

    Great choice! Ryan Coogler is an immense young talent and I look forward to seeing anything he does next!!

  6. Erik T says:

    isn’t it a head scratcher that only black directors were considered for this movie?

    • Jade says:

      Um, that was intentional. They wanted the talent behind camera to compliment the talent in front of the camera. This is what they should be doing.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      Fear not, white directors outnumber black directors by a million to one-tenth. Scratch away at your scratchy head, Erik and maybe you might scratch away some of that stupid.

    • Orlando says:

      I guess they got you there with those truthful responses, but that’s what happens when you ask a stupid question.

    • shar07 says:

      Nope, more like it’s about freaking time! Maybe you should have the same acceptance for black directors finally being up for jobs the way you are when only white directors are offered.

    • Joe Push says:

      No. It’s a head scratcher that only white directors are ever considered for every other movie, though.

  7. BLACK MAN says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Coogler.

  8. Dennis says:

    Great script. Excellent job, Ryan.

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