Coogler to write and direct Black Panther sequel

Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler is set to write and direct the 'Black Panther' sequel.

The 32-year-old filmmaker helmed the widely acclaimed original movie, which was released earlier this year, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's already reached an agreement with Marvel to return for the sequel.

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'Black Panther' starred the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, and was hailed as a game-changer for the movie industry, as it featured a predominantly black cast.

Ryan  Coogler and Marvel have both been keen to reunite for a sequel, but the timing of the production has always been an uncertainty.

But now, sources are saying that Ryan Coogler will write the script next year with the ambition of starting production in either late 2019 or early 2020.

Meanwhile, Ryan previously revealed Marvel was totally supportive of his ambitions for the original 'Black Panther' movie, even though it represented a step into unknown territory for the studio.

Ryan Coogler explained that Marvel didn't make any efforts to dilute his plans for the film.

The director - who also helmed 2015's 'Creed' - explained: ''The biggest thing for me was the themes of the story - letting them know where my head was at and making sure they would get on board.

''I was very honest about the idea I wanted to explore in this film, which is what it means to be African. That was one of the first things I talked about. And they were completely interested.''

Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland California to Joselyn Coogler(nee Thomas), a community organiser and Ira Coogler, a juvenile hall probation counselor.

His first feature film, Fruitvale Station, won the top audience and grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

He has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series, Creed (2015), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther (2018), the latter of which became the third biggest box office in American film history.

Coogler's films have received significant critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2013, he was included on Time's list of the 30 people under 30 who are changing the world.

His work has been hailed by critics for centering on often overlooked cultures and characters—most notably black people.

He frequently collaborates with actor Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in all of his feature films, as well as composer Ludwig Göransson, who has scored all of his films.