Ryan Coogler Now Developing 'Black Panther' Wakanda Series for Disney+

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it has signed a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Black Panther director and co-writer Ryan Coogler‘s Proximity Media.

The partnership will build on the Proximity Media’s aims to create “event-driven feature films, television, soundtracks and podcasts that look to bring audiences closer together through stories involving often-overlooked subject matters.” Already working on the sequel to Black Panther, Coogler is continuing to build on his section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a Disney+ series centered around the kingdom of Wakanda to kick-off the partnership. The deal will also see Proximity create television for other divisions of the Disney umbrella.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. 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. 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,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.

“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company. “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.

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