Oakland’s Ryan Coogler will return to write, direct ‘Black Panther’ sequel

Ryan Coogler has a lot on his plate. The busy filmmaker from Oakland is set to executive produce LeBron James’ follow-up to “Space Jam,” and is also working on the drama “Wrong Answer,” as well as the sequel to his 2015 smash “Creed 2.”

Director Ryan Coogler, right, is on set with cinematographer Rachel Morrison during the filming of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios)

But the big news — the one that fanboys and fangirls have been anticipating — has arrived: Coogler has signed to write and direct the sequel to “Black Panther,” the critically acclaimed hit that rolled up $700 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide earlier this year.

Coogler inked the deal with Marvel and its parent company Disney a while back but it had been kept hush-hush, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He is expected to start work on the script next year, and production on the sequel will begin either in late 2019 or early 2020.

Marvel and Disney have set 2019 release dates for only two Marvel Cinematic Universe films — the latest “Avengers” film in May, and a “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel in July.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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