Ryan Coogler has inked a rich five-year overall deal with Disney TV and one of his first series will be a new show set in Wakanda…
Ryan Coogler will definitely be shouting Wakanda forever!
The award-winning writer and director has inked a five year overall deal with Disney TV and his Proximity Media label to develop series for the studio. The first project for Disney+ will see Coogler set a series in “Wakanda” — the mythical country in Africa where the Black Panther was born.
Of course, Coogler is currently deep into work on a script for “Black Panther 2,” which follows up the first film that earned over $1.3 billion at the box office as well as a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman in the lead role.
There had been rumors swirling that Coogler was potentially developing some kind of spinoff film or series based in “Wakanda” and now that’s been confirmed with this new series headed to Disney+.
Coogler will also work on additional series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of his overall deal with Disney.
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company,” Coogler said in a statement. “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.”
Marvel Studios has been banking big on series headed to Disney+ with the first show — “WandaVision” — currently airing on the streaming service. “Falcon and Winter Soldier” is expected to follow with “Loki” set to debut later this year as Marvel has already announced plans for at least 10 series or miniseries headed to Disney+.
Now they can add the “Wakanda” series from Coogler and company as he deepens his ties with Marvel Studios ahead of “Black Panther 2.”