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REPORT: Marvel Eyeing Ryan Coogler as “Black Panther” Director

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REPORT: Marvel Eyeing Ryan Coogler as “Black Panther” Director

According to HeroicHollywood, Marvel Studios wants “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler to helm their upcoming “Black Panther” film as director. It is unclear whether or not a deal has been offered at this time.

Ava DuVernay was originally offered the position but declined as she and the studio didn’t see eye-to-eye on the project. “Straight Outta Compton’s” F. Gary Gray was also considered before he took on “Fast and Furious 8” instead.

Joe Robert Cole, who comes from the same in-house writer’s program that Nicole Perlman was part of when she wrote the first draft of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is also reportedly in negotiations to write the screenplay for the film.

In addition to “Fruitvale Station,” Coogler has also worked with Michael B. Jordon on “Creed,” which opens on November 25.

So far, the only sure thing about “Black Panther” is its lead, Chadwick Boseman. No other actors have been cast for the film, although Andy Serkis is expected to reprise his “Avengers: Age of Ultron” role of Ulysses Klaue, a character known for being a Black Panther foe in the comics.

Black Panther will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” before headlining his own film on February 16, 2018.

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