The Walt Disney Company extended its partnership with Black Panther co-writer and director Ryan Coogler. The deal includes a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Coogler's Proximity Media.
Coogler runs the company with other principals like Peter Nicks, Archie Davis, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Goransson, and Zinzi Coogler. He is working on a Black Panther sequel this 2021. According to Deadline, Coogler will also develop a new television series for Disney.
The television series will be a drama which is based in the Kingdom of Wakanda. The deal enables Proximity to develop television projects for other divisions in Disney. Coogler founded Proximity with the other aforementioned principals with a mission on creating event-driven content that will bring audiences to view often-overlooked subject matters. The studio aims to generate various projects at all budget levels.
Disney's executive chairman, Bob Iger said that Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller, with a range and vision that makes him stand out among the other filmmakers of the generation. Ryan made Black Panther into a groundbreaking story, with iconic characters in a real, meaningful, and memorable way. Iger reiterated that they are thrilled to have the director tell more stories.
Coogler also recognized that partnering with the studio is an honor, viewing his work with them in Black Panther as a dream come true. He and his team are looking forward to learning, growing, and building relationships with more audiences around the globe, using Disney's platforms.
Black Panther 2 is slated for a July 8, 2022 release date.
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