Yesterday we found out that F. Gary Gray was one of the contenders to helm Black Panther for Marvel Studios, but apparently the Straight Outta Compton director is now in negotiations to direct the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, making it unlikely that he will direct the superhero movie, since working on both films would require a lot of focus for both pre and post-production.
Now a new report by The Wrap reveals that there are actually no serious contenders at this point, because Marvel is waiting for a finished screenplay before they start their search for a director. The trade also reveals that Amber Lake scribe and director Joe Robert Cole is nearing a deal to write the movie, which is set for a July 2018 release.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Cole (who’s also a member of Marvel’s in-house writer’s program) was previously rumored to be the writer of Inhumans, one of the upcoming Phase 3 films. Even if he did write a draft for that movie though, Marvel isn’t planning to use it anytime soon according The Wrap.
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SOURCE: The Wrap