‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Inks 5-Year Television Deal With Disney
Black Panther co-writer Ryan Coogler will be making his television show directing debut on Disney+, now that his multi-media company, Proximity Media, has inked a 5-year deal with The Walt Disney Company.
In the exclusive agreement revealed on Marvel’s website, he and his colleagues will be creating a Black Panther drama series spin-off focusing on the characters within the Kingdom of Wakanda.
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true,” stated Coogler in an issued statement. “As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden, and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms.”
He continues: “We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.”
Proximity Media will also produce television shows for other divisions of the Disney empire. Walt Disney Company executive chairman, Bob Iger, shared his organization’s delight to be working with the Oakland native.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”