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Kevin Feige Says Ryan Coogler is Working on the "Black Panther" Script

It looks like Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" film will feature more than the acclaimed directing skills of Ryan Coogler -- he's working on the script, as well. Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told Collider that Coogler is one of a "number of writers" currently drafting the film's script.

"We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he's working on the draft right now," Feige told the site. "Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year."

This is not surprising news for anyone who has followed Coogler's career -- he wrote and directed his first feature, 2013's "Fruitvale Station," and co-wrote last year's "Creed" with Aaron Covington. Previously, "Amber Lake" writer Joe Robert Cole had been reported as writing the "Black Panther" script; is current level of involvement is unclear, but it's certainly not unusual for Marvel Studios films to have multiple screenwriters.

"Black Panther" is scheduled for release on Feb. 16, 2018. The character, as played by Chadwick Boseman, will debut in live-action in "Captain America: Civil War," in theaters on May 6.

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