Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler has staked his Proximity Media Banner To 5-Year Exclusive Disney Television Deal. The first project will be a Wakanda based series for Disney+.
Deadline has reported that Ryan Coogler has made an exclusive 5-year Disney television deal, for his Proximity Media banner. They also revealed that the first project will be a Wakanda Disney+ series. It will be a drama set in the kingdom, first discovered in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.
Wakanda Is Ripe For Fresh Storytelling
Disney CEO Bob Iger made this statement:
“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.”
Coogler commented on the new deal as well:
“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,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.”
It’s interesting that he stated, that they are “working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+”, indicating that we might see more MCU series, in which Coogler will be involved, possibly beyond the Wakanda project. In addition, the deal enables Proximity Media to develop television for other divisions of the Company.
At this point we don’t know anything about the Wakanda series, but we could speculate that it might be build on Coogler’s upcoming Black Panther 2. The sequel is likely to explore more of Wakanda and its people, as we won’t see T’Challa, due to Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing. Maybe we will see more of Winston Duke’s M’Baku or Danai Gurira’s Okoye and the Dora Milaje.
Ryan Coogler is known for Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther. He will be directing Black Panther 2, which will start filming this year.
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Source: Vanity Fair