Ryan Coogler excelled as the writer-director of “Black Panther,” making the Marvel superhero the movie event of 2018 back in February – with critical acclaim, awards discussion this fall and $1.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
Little surprise that Coogler will return in the same roles for “Black Panther 2,” a person familiar with the film project, but not authorized to speak publicly about it, confirms to USA TODAY.
The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of signing, says the plan is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020.
The “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” director Coogler is a hot Hollywood property, developing the drama “Wrong Answer” with “Black Panther” star and frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan. Coogler also is executive producing LeBron James’ “Space Jam” sequel and “Creed 2.”
There are not many firm details about the secretive project “Black Panther” sequel, not even an official title – which will be announced to much fanfare at a Disney fan event in the future. Marvel and parent company Disney have not set a release date.
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