Marvel Studios is reportedly in negotiations with “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler to take the director’s chair for the upcoming “Black Panther” standalone film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe according to a report by Birth. Movies. Death.
Director F. Gary Gray also previously showed interest in directing the “Black Panther” film after turning down “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The director chose to direct “Straight Outta Compton” instead of the latter.
Ava DuVernay, director for the 2014 film “Selma,” was previously rumored to be taking on directorial duties for the film. She talked with Marvel, the screenwriters, and main star Chadwick Boseman, but ended up not taking the job due to “differences” in visual perspective.
“I’m not signing on to direct ‘Black Panther,'” she said in an interview. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later. I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda, and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
Following a major update in the roster of films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the “Black Panther” film will now open in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. A new film, “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” will open on July 6, 2018. “Captain Marvel” was also pushed back to a release date of March 8, 2019. In addition to previously announced set of films, three new untitled films had been slated for release on May 1, July 10, and Nov. 6, 2020.