Coming off of a mega weekend with Creed, Marvel have begun negotiations with Ryan Coogler to direct their solo Black Panther feature. We reported that Coogler was rumored to be in contention for the gig back in October and it is really no surprise that Marvel has chosen him.
Other names previously rumored to direct include Selma director Ava DuVernay and Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray. Both passed for different reasons. DuVernay and Marvel clashed over creative differences and Gray opted to tackle Universal’s Furious 8.
Coogler is also behind the critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station, based on the real-life events leading to the death of Oscar Grant by San Francisco BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Let’s hope negotiations go smoothly.
Marvel have been known to be quite heavy-handed with certain filmmakers, almost squashing the role in order to shape the film to fit in with the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. This has lead to the departure of talent in the past including Edgar Wright (Ant-Man), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), and Joss Whedon (The Avengers).
Black Panther is scheduled for release on February 16th, 2018.
Source: The Wrap