Creed director Ryan Coogler in talks for Black Panther

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‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler in talks to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’.

LOS ANGELES — Creed director Ryan Coogler is in talks to direct the Black Panther movie starring Chadwick Boseman for Disney/Marvel, Mashable has confirmed. On Wednesday, the world met Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who will appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War before getting his own stand-alone feature in February 2018.It used to be that indie filmmakers would make three, four, maybe five films before wading into the waters of blockbuster movies, but like “Jurassic World” (Colin Trevorrow), “Godzilla” (Gareth Edwards) and “Fantastic Four” (Josh Trank), indie directors are making that leap almost immediately. Acording to THR, Coogler and Marvel’s talks are picking up after a period in which they’d “cooled.” However, with Creed making a strong showing at the box office, it seems that Marvel’s interest has heated back up.

Indie filmmaker also made the successful vault this year going from the Sundance Film Festival hit “Fruitvale Station” to the widely-praised studio franchise mid-budget film “Creed,” a successful and worthy spin-off of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” series. If the deal makes, Coogler would likely make Black Panther his next project, as the Marvel Phase Three film is dated for 2018 — not quite enough time to squeeze in another project. Coogler made a splash at Sundance in 2013 with Fruitvale Station, starring Jordan as the Bay Area resident Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot by BART Police officer in 2009. Given the popularity of Marvel movies, directing Black Panther would be huge for any filmmaker, even one who has already attracted buzz, as Coogler has. So those types of films are etched into me because I have a familiarity with them,” he said. “That being said, films like Wrong Answer, like Fruitvale, they interest me just as much, if not more.” Coogler isn’t the first director to discuss Black Panther.

Coogler was already on the lips of fans and pundits earlier this year after Ava DuVernay passed on the movie, and given the success of “Creed” — the highest opening “Rocky” film to date, which yes, accounts for inflation— it does not seem dubious that Coogler and Marvel would be discussing the job. Ava DuVernay (Selma) was approached for the project, but she ultimately declined. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she said in July. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do.

Wakanda is the source of all the world’s vibranium — Marvel’s made-up “strongest metal on Earth,” from which Cap’s shield and Panther’s claws are made — and will be the setting of Black Panther, where T’Challa must take over as king after his father’s murder. I loved that they reached out to me.” In the comics, Panther is T’Challa, prince of the technologically advanced fictional African country of Wakanda.

Coogler is a big talent and “Creed” brought big heart and crowd-pleasing entertainment to the big screen with filmmaking intelligence and smarts that never needed to dumb down. Boseman told EW the character won’t be as affable as Tony Stark when he appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance,” Boseman said. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. In early July, it was reported that Selma director Ava DuVernay turned down the job after meeting with the writers and studio execs, as well as with Chadwick Boseman, who is set to star.

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