The filmmaker, whose "Rocky" franchise spinoff has been met with critical acclaim, was rumored in October to be eyed for the 2018 superhero film. However, Birth Movies Death now points to sources that say talks have actually begun.
A relatively new filmmaker, the 29-year-old Coogler has just two features to his credit: the lauded 2013 low-budget drama "Fruitvale Station" and now "Creed," both starring Michael B. Jordan.
Coogler commented just last week on the importance of the director's race when it comes to "Black Panther," explaining, "Perspective is so important in art. It's an important thing. That's not to say that you can't work outside yourself. When I was coming up, I made movies about things that were close to me; I made movies about things that weren't close to me. But I definitely think that it helps when you are close to a subject. Like, I was an athlete for most of my life before I was a filmmaker. And that helped to inform me when writing this script [for 'Creed'], when directing. Having had those types of experiences helped me inform this process."
Marvel will introduce actor Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in May's "Captain America: Civil War" head of the release of his solo film on Feb. 16, 2018.