Yesterday, acclaimed director Ryan Coogler, responsible for critically acclaimed films Fruitvale Station and the latest Rocky installment, Creed, was officially granted the directorial reins to the forthcoming Black Panther film hitting theaters February 16th, 2018! Interested in the story behind the announcement? Then follow this link for the full story detailing Marvel’s appointment of Ryan Coogler!
Following the announcement, Coogler sat down with our friends at HeyUGuys and talked about the project, his thoughts and his perspective in a brief video interview.
A few video highlights-
When Coogler was asked if he would approach Black Panther in the same manner he approached smaller, more personal films like Creed, focusing on the more emotional, connective elements of a character, Coogler responded with, “Absolutely, that’s definitely the plan.”
Coogler then expressed his excitement for Black Panther, which aligned perfectly with his interest in comics and pop culture.
I’m excited,” said Coogler. “I grew up very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something that I’m this passionate about again.”
When does production start on Black Panther? Coogler stated, “Soon, right now.”
YES! Starring Chadiwick Boseman as the titular character, Black Panther debuts 2/16/2018!