Ryan Coogler
Rob Latour for Variety
United States
2020

Proximity Media

Ryan
Coogler

Coogler hasn’t brought any work to the screen since he revolutionized the Marvel comic-book universe with 2018’s “Black Panther,” which earned more than $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office and was hailed as a defining moment for both the film industry and Black America, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. A native of Oakland, CA, he produced “Judas and the Black Messiah,” a film about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, which, he has noted, grew in relevance in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matters protests. Coogler also produced and co-wrote “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” a sequel to the Michael Jordan sports comedy with LeBron James set to star. Both are due in theaters in 2021, and Coogler will write and direct “Black Panther 2” for a 2022 release. Despite the death of star Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, the sequel to the Marvel hit will not recast the role of T’Challa out of respect for his iconic performance, though several of the supporting cast will return.

Career

  • BLACK PANTHER
  • FRUITVALE STATION
  • CREED

Education

  • California State University–Sacramento (CA, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Creative Impact Award
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney Plus Under Ryan Coogler's New Disney Television Deal

Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney Plus Under Ryan Coogler's New Disney Television Deal

A series set in Wakanda is in development at Disney Plus.The series is part of a new multi-year overall television deal Ryan Coogler and his Proximity Media have signed with The Walt Disney Company and will include other television projects in the future. Coogler previously directed and co-wrote the hit Marvel film "Black Panther," which takes place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Coogler is currently at work on the film's sequel.The deal will enable Proximity to develop shows...

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