By Stephen Ippolito | February 1st, 2021
The world of Wakanda is coming to the small screen. Deadline was first to report that Disney has signed Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s company, Proximity Media, to a five-year overall exclusive television deal. As part of the deal, Coogler will develop a brand new MCU series based in Wakanda.
Once news of the deal broke, Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger and Coogler each released statements:
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company. “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.”Bob Iger
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company,” added Coogler. “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.”Ryan Coogler
There was no word on what specifically the series will be about. I’m sure fans will hope that it will be based on one of the minor characters that have already been introduced, like Shuri, Okoye, Nakia, or M’Baku. However, it could be based off someone whose yet to be introduced.
At the moment, Coogler is hard at work rewriting the script for Black Panther 2. With the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman last August, some changes to the had to be made. Shooting for the film will begin in July. It will then hit theaters the following year on July 8, 2022.
With Coogler busy with the film, I wouldn’t expect this new series to be released on the Disney streaming service until at least 2023.