Over the past few months, there has been much talk about who will direct Marvel Studios‘ long-awaited Black Panther movie. Ava DuVernay was offered the job, but turned it down due to creative differences (surprise!). Meanwhile, F. Gary Gray was also said to be a contender, but with him now in talks to direct Fast & Furious 8, him doing Black Panther seems unlikely.
While we wait on a director, it looks like Black Panther is now close to locking down a new screenwriter.
According to The Wrap, African-American screenwriter Joe Robert Cole is nearing a deal to pen Black Panther for Marvel. Known for writing and directing 2011’s Amber Lake, Cole has been a part of Marvel’s in-house writer’s program, which also includes Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman. Cole was previously rumored to be writing the script for Inhumans, but he is currently not involved with that project, if he ever was.
As for who will helm Black Panther, Marvel is now waiting until a script is finished before hiring a director. The Wrap reaffirms that F. Gary Gray directing Fast & Furious 8 would definitely take him out of the running for Black Panther. Thus, there are no “serious” contenders for the highly coveted gig right now.
Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, who makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. Additionally, Andy Serkis is expected to reprise his Avengers: Age of Ultron role of Ulysses Klaue, aka the supervillain Klaw, but that has yet to be confirmed. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 6th, 2018. Stay tuned for more as we have it.