Devin Faraci over at Birth.Movies.Death is reporting that Creed’s director Ryan Coogler is in talks to helm Marvel’s Black Panther.
Sources close to the negotiations have confirmed to me that Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler is in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Panther.
If this pans out and set in stone, it can be huge. Marvel has been looking for a director for some time now and once was eyeing at Selma director Ava DuVernay, who ultimately drop out of the project. The Black Panther character will be introduced to a mass audience with the release of Captain America: Civil War and with solo film creeping up on a release date of February 16, 2018, Marvel needs a director soon.
Why would Marvel be interested in Ryan Coogler? Marvel has been very outside of the box with many of their directors starting with the release of Iron-Man, at the time Jon Favaro was known as a comedy director lacking in adventure and action even though Zathura was in his oeuvre showing he has those abilities. The Russo Brother at he time where known as TV directors for Community but ushered what many consider to be the best Marvel film to date, Captain America: The Winter Solder, and are now taking over the directorial duties for the next Avengers films.
Ryan Coolger has shown that he is more than capable of telling a compelling story with a small budget amidst his debut, Fruitvale Station. His next film, Creed, has been met with a positive critical response and box office success. What’s even more surprising is that Ryan Coogler achieved this with a medium budget that has all but effectively disappeared from today’s film market. Coogler, with Creed, showed what Marvel is looking into for a director. Creed was an amazing film that shot straight to number one in many critic’s top 10 list of the year. Coogler told an updated story that has been around since 1976 and turned those conventions fresh to a new and old audience. Creed showed that he is capable of working the convention of Rocky, I’m sure Marvel is hoping that Coogler will play nice with their conventions as well.