DISNEY+ is set to delve into the Marvel Comics world of Wakanda with a spin-off from Black Panther movie director, Ryan Coogler.
The American film creator is drumming up ideas for a further series, centred on the fictional area of sub-Saharan Africa and home to superhero Black Panther, for the paid-for streaming service.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has reportedly signed a five year TV deal with Disney+ for a Wakanda spin-offCredit: Getty – Contributor
According to reports in Wrap, Ryan, 34, has “signed a five year TV deal with Disney” with the next instalment “among the projects he will be developing.”
“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.
The movie director will set the spin-off in Black Panther’s homelandCredit: Alamy
Wakanda is Marvel Comic’s region of sub-Saharan Africa and first appeared in the Fantastic Four
“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.”
Disney executive chairman Bob Iger added: “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.”
Creed director Ryan’s Wakanda spin off is ‘among’ the projects he will be developing for the streaming service
Ryan, 34, hailed the partnership with Disney an ‘honour’Credit: Getty – Contributor
As yet, a name for Creed director Ryan’s Wakanda instalment has not yet been finalised.
The show will follow the likes of The Mandalorian and Wandavision on the channel.
Meanwhile, Ryan is juggling the Wakanda-centric project with re-writing the script for Black Panther 2, following the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman, aged 43, following a four year battle with colon cancer.
Chadwick was a playwright who acted and directed in theatre before playing the Marvel Comics character King TChalla in Black Panther, which then became one of the top-grossing films in history.
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Ryan is also busy penning the Black Panther movie sequel following actor Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passingCredit: AP:Associated Press
Bosses have confirmed Chadwick’s Black Panther role will not be re-castCredit: Alamy
He also wowed audiences in his portrayal of other Black icons, including Jackie Robinson in 42 and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and shined in other films such as Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
Chadwick’s Black Panther co-stars including Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to the actor in a farewell tribute ceremony last September.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed Chadwick’s role will not be re-cast, although the sequel will go ahead.
Black Panther 2 is set for release on July 8, 2022.