Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney Plus Under the Direction of Black Panther's Ryan Coogler!
Deadline reports that there is a series set in Wakanda in development at Disney Plus.
The series is part of a new multi-year overall television deal Ryan Coogler and his Proximity Media have signed with The Walt Disney Company and will include other television projects in the future. Coogler previously directed and co-wrote the hit Marvel film “Black Panther,” which takes place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
The deal will enable Proximity to develop shows for other divisions of the Walt Disney Company as well. Along with Coogler, Proximity’s principals are Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks.
The Wakanda series would not be alone in the world of spin-offs from the Marvel Cinematic universe on Disney Plus with series like “WandaVision,” “Falcon and Winter Soldier” and “Loki” also on deck and others on the way such as “Hawkeye,” “Moon Knight,” “She-Hulk,” and “Ms. Marvel.” There are also shows on the way focusing on Nick Fury with Samuel L. Jackson starring, the character War Machine played by Don Cheadle, and Dominique Thorne starring in “Ironheart.”
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company,”
Coogler said and continued,
“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.”
Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company had this to say about Coogler,
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said “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.”
Coogler is also currently developing the sequel to 2018's Black Panther film expected to release in July 2022.