He’s responsible for one of the most successful Marvel movies to date that doesn’t have a purple nutsack-chinned villain in it, and now he’s been given the keys to the world it was set in to make a new TV show. Word is from THR that Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has signed a five-year contract with Disney to create and develop a TV series set in Wakanda, for its streaming service, Disney+. In addition to this, Coogler’s company Proximity Media will also have free reign to dabble in other areas of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are set out of the vibranium capital of the world.
Speaking about the revered director that has had a flawless track record since he appeared on the scene with Fruitvale Station, Disney top lad Bob Iger described Coogler as “a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation.” He added that “with Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, 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.”
Given the current success of WandaVision it’s no surprise that Disney are aiming to continue spreading across as many pages as possible for the ever-expanding MCU, and by the sounds of things, Coogler is happy to help write them. Not only is he currently in the process of penning the Black Panther sequel (which was set to star leading man Chadwick Boseman before his tragic passing last year), but he sounds primed and prepped to get back into other corners of King T’Challa’s homeland, as well.
“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.”Ryan Coogler
Now if we were compare this project to cat sizes, it sounds like Wakanda is still in its itty bitty cub stage, with details of just what it’ll entail being rather slim. Even so, if it means more of a chance to be reunited with the likes of Okoye, M’Baku and the rest of Wakanda’s finest, then sign us up. Currently WandaVision is halfway through its series with Falcon and the Winter Soldier next in line to bless our screens, ensuring that the MCU is coming back in our lives and all is right with the world.