CBMB: Marvel in Talks with ‘Creed’ Director for Black Panther
By Muuka Muyumba
According to sources of El Mayimbe aka Umberto Gonzalez at Heroic Hollywood, Marvel is in hot pursuit of Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler to head up Black Panther. A few months back, Marvel president Kevin Feige was uncharacteristically open about his pursuit of another black director of a prestige film, Ava DuVernay, and now he seems hellbent on getting top black directing talent for the upcoming solo film.
After DuVernay passed, some reports had Marvel eyeing F. Gary Gray, but his involvement with the Fast and Furious franchise, more than likely took him out of the running for Marvel. TheWrap only recently reported that Joe Robert Cole had been in talks to write the film after having drafted an Inhumans script for the Marvel writing circle. Those reports remain unconfirmed as well.
Coogler is looking to break out in the ‘mainstream’ with his December release for Creed whose trailer has been gobbled up millions of time on the internet and looks to reestablish the Rocky/Creed franchise on a more serious level. El Mayimbe also notes that Coogler’s involvement with Creed has made him a target for Warner Bros. (who likes to stockpile talented directors), possibly for a DC Extended Universe film, and Cyborg in particular.
The reports are preliminary, but come from a very trusted reporting source, so I’m sure it will pick up steam over the next few weeks until official. Marvel has shifted Black Panther to February 16, 2018 only last week, and remains a Chadwick Boseman vehicle.