Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Eyes Ryan Coogler As Director

Creed’s Ryan Coogler might take his visionary talents to a different genre of film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios’ forthcoming motion picture Black Panther is eyeing the Bay Area native as its director.

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The movie, which will star Chadwick Boseman as the title character, is reportedly scheduled for release on Nov. 3, 2017, but has yet to officially solidify a director. Currently, Marvel and Coogler are in negotiations, and according to various reports, the 29-year-old might have found his next herald film.

This news arrives a week after Creed’s bout in the box office, which raked in $29.6 million in its first week of theatrical release. The film, which stars Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, was a major hit with viewers, even boasting a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Creed is also the second major film directed by Coogler, following the award-winning movie Fruitvale Station (2013).

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In an earlier interview with VIBE, Coogler spoke on the importance of featuring more people of color behind the lens. “I think when we have opportunities where you have people of color and minorities, filmmakers, producers, writers, directors making decisions on what stories to be made and actually going to work, then you prove that those works can have financial value,” he said. “That’s what moves the industry along.”