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Ryan Coogler Inks 5 Year TV Deal With Disney; Bringing Wakanda Spinoff Series To Disney+

Ryan Coogler Inks 5 Year TV Deal With Disney; Bringing Wakanda Spinoff Series To Disney+

Wakanda Forever!

Ryan Coogler just inked a 5-year exclusive television deal with Disney and is slated to bring a “Wakanda” spinoff series to Disney+, Deadline reports.

The Marvel Black Panther director has landed a five-year deal overall exclusive television deal for his Proximity Media company with Disney. Coogler, who is currently working on the Black Panther sequel, runs the company alongside wife Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Goransson, Archie Davis, and Peter Nicks. The team will focus on bringing new television series to life for the studio: the first offering, a drama series set in the Kingdom of Wakanda coming to Disney+. 

Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger spoke about the partnership, saying, “Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”

Since the passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, fans have speculated what’s next. While creators announced that Boseman would not be replaced, it has still begged the question of what’s next for Wakanda past the upcoming sequel. This new project provides a glimpse forward of the possibilities. 

“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. 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,” Coogler said. 

No word yet when the new series will air, but according to ComicbookMarvel’s Black Panther II is set to hit theaters in July 2022. 

Congratulations, Ryan!

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