Marvel’s Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is officially working on a Wakanda spin-off series for Disney+.
According to The Wrap, Coogler has signed a five-year TV deal with Disney, and a show centering on the fictional African nation is among the projects he will be developing.
The new spin-off is the 12th Marvel Studios series to be announced for Disney+. WandaVision, the first of those shows to launch on the streamer, premiered last month, while The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki are set to debut later this year.
On the announcement of the deal and the new Wakanda series, Coogler said: “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 added.
Disney executive chairman Bob Iger said: “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 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.”
Plot details and the central characters for the series are yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, Coogler is currently re-writing the script for Black Panther 2, following the tragic passing of lead star Chadwick Boseman last year. Marvel Studios’ chief creative officer Kevin Feige previously confirmed that the sequel will not recast the actor.
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