Ryan Coogler On Directing ‘Black Panther 2’ Without Chadwick Boseman

"I know Chad wouldn't have wanted us to stop."

Ryan Coogler recently opened up doing Black Panther 2 after the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Work on the untitled Black Panther sequel and a Wakanda spin-off series is underway with Ryan Coogler at the helm. Of course, the two projects will be without their king after Chadwick Boseman’s death as the Marvel Studios franchise moves in a new direction. Coogler is currently writing the sequel, with production expected to begin in July.

After Chadwick Boseman’s passing, Ryan Coogler penned a powerful tribute to the Black Panther star. Months later, Coogler is now opening up to The Hollywood Reporter about developing the sequel without Boseman:

“It’s difficult. You’ve got to keep going when you lose loved ones. I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was somebody who was so about the collective. Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anybody else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired. On that set, he was all about everybody else. Even though he was going through what he was going through, he was checking in on them, making sure they were good. If we cut his coverage, he would stick around and read lines off camera [to help other actors with their performances]. So it would be harder for me to stop. Truthfully. I’d feel him yelling at me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ So you keep going.”

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Here is the synopsis for the first Black Panther film:

After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Black Panther 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.