“Black Panther” Wakanda Series in Development for Disney+

The Walt Disney Company and Black Panther director and co-writer Ryan Coogler have made a five-year exclusive television deal, Deadline reports. Through the deal with Coogler’s Proximity Media, a new drama based in Black Panther‘s Kingdom of Wakanda is in development for Disney+.

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Bob Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, said, “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.”

Coogler said, “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.”

Coogler founded Proximity Media with Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis, and Peter Nicks to create media involving overlooked subjects. Through this deal, Proximity will be able to develop more than just the Wakanda series with Disney.

Black Panther II is expected to begin filming this year with a script by Coogler. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away last year and Marvel Studios has confirmed the role will not be recast for the sequel.