LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 9: Director Ryan Coogler attends the BFI Preview Screening ‘Black Panther’ held at BFI Southbank on February 9, 2018 in London, England.
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Disney is adding another TV show to its already stacked list of Marvel content being developed for Disney +.
On Monday, the company announced that it has signed a five-year contract with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Proximity Media to create television programming exclusively for Disney.
As part of this deal, Coogler will create a series in Wakanda, the fictional African country of Black Panther. There are currently almost a dozen Marvel shows in the works for the streaming service.
The deal also allowed Coogler’s company to develop television programming for other areas within Disney.
“Ryan Coogler is a unique storyteller whose vision and scope have made him one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company.
Not only did Coogler’s “Black Panther” stand out at the global box office, grossing $ 1.3 billion worldwide, it was also the first superhero film to receive a nomination for Best Picture Ever.
Known for “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed”, the director was due to start filming “Black Panther” in March, but filming was halted after the sudden and unexpected death of star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, 43, had battled colon cancer for four years but had hidden his diagnosis from the public.
The sequel is now set to begin in Atlanta in July with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett who are expected to repeat their roles.