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Is F. Gary Gray interested in directing Black Panther for Marvel?

08.03.2015

Black Panther F. Gary Gray

There are more than a few people who think F. Gary Gray would be a perfect fit to helm the planned BLACK PANTHER movie starring Chadwick Boseman, since Marvel reportedly wants an African-American filmmaker for the film, and Gray is a damn fine director. Gray was up for the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER directing gig before dropping out in order to make STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, but now that he's done with the N.W.A. biopic, is he interested in possibly taking on BLACK PANTHER?

During an interview with BlackTree TV, F. Gary Gray said he'd love to be behind the camera for a superhero movie, after being asked if he's the running for BLACK PANTHER, and says, "We'll see what happens. If it's right, I'm there!" Although Gray hasn't appeared on any shortlists for the job, he, at the very least, may have been contacted by Marvel to gauge his interest in directing the film.

With all the very positive early reviews STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON has received, if I was Marvel, I would definitely try to land him before he lines something else up as his next project. Do you want Gray to direct the upcoming Marvel movie, or do would you rather see a different director tackle BLACK PANTHER?

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON hits theaters on August 14, while BLACK PANTHER is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018.

Source: BlackTree TV

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10:44PM on 08/04/2015
He directed Friday! So I am all in on this. Just imagine Panther taking care of business and a fellow Wakandan saying; You got knocked the fuck out, man!
He directed Friday! So I am all in on this. Just imagine Panther taking care of business and a fellow Wakandan saying; You got knocked the fuck out, man!
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5:36AM on 08/04/2015
This is soooo funny, how they suddenly have to have a black director so they don't get flack from the SJW community. Pro Tip Marvel, the SJW community makes up like .01 percent of the world and makes about 99 percent of the noise on first world issues. You are just looking like idiots trying to cater to them.

How about you get a director based on their talent, oops sorry for the micro aggression everyone, I must be a racist.

Now how hard is it going to be to find a half human, half
This is soooo funny, how they suddenly have to have a black director so they don't get flack from the SJW community. Pro Tip Marvel, the SJW community makes up like .01 percent of the world and makes about 99 percent of the noise on first world issues. You are just looking like idiots trying to cater to them.

How about you get a director based on their talent, oops sorry for the micro aggression everyone, I must be a racist.

Now how hard is it going to be to find a half human, half panther to direct.
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3:23PM on 08/05/2015
Everyone keeps saying get a director based on their talent! What the hell is wrong with them looking at Ava Duverany and F. Gary Gray. One of them is coming off a successful well-reviewed movie the other is about to release a fairly well-anticipated movie. Neither is really that weird of a choice.
Everyone keeps saying get a director based on their talent! What the hell is wrong with them looking at Ava Duverany and F. Gary Gray. One of them is coming off a successful well-reviewed movie the other is about to release a fairly well-anticipated movie. Neither is really that weird of a choice.
1:13AM on 08/04/2015
Good director who can really take on any genre, so he should add a comic book film to his resume. The guy makes like 3 movies every 5 years. Has the guy ever made a bad movie really?
Good director who can really take on any genre, so he should add a comic book film to his resume. The guy makes like 3 movies every 5 years. Has the guy ever made a bad movie really?
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3:46PM on 08/03/2015
WAY better choice than that racist Selma director. This man has done some movies which I enjoy a lot. I could see him doing just fine with it. But as others said below, its almost insulting what Marvel is doing. Panther HAS to be directed by an African American. Captain Marvel HAS to be directed by a woman. If they cared so much about diversity, then previous movies would have been directed by a diverse set of directors. To force this bullshit is nothing more than token and a laughable one at
WAY better choice than that racist Selma director. This man has done some movies which I enjoy a lot. I could see him doing just fine with it. But as others said below, its almost insulting what Marvel is doing. Panther HAS to be directed by an African American. Captain Marvel HAS to be directed by a woman. If they cared so much about diversity, then previous movies would have been directed by a diverse set of directors. To force this bullshit is nothing more than token and a laughable one at that. ONLY a black person can direct a black movie. ONLY a woman can direct a woman lead movie. ONLY white people can direct white lead movies. That's Marvel's track record so far. As I said its so thinly veiled its insulting to all races.
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4:06PM on 08/03/2015
what if your remove race/gender and just look at the types of movies they're making. we don't know what types of movies Black Panther and Captain Marvel are going to be. but maybe a black director and a female director makes sense for those types of movies. Marvel doesn't typically think outside the box. for Dr. Strange, a movie about spiritual entities, they hired a horror director. when they needed to make a Shakespearian Thor movie, they hired Kenneth Branaugh. and when they realized they
what if your remove race/gender and just look at the types of movies they're making. we don't know what types of movies Black Panther and Captain Marvel are going to be. but maybe a black director and a female director makes sense for those types of movies. Marvel doesn't typically think outside the box. for Dr. Strange, a movie about spiritual entities, they hired a horror director. when they needed to make a Shakespearian Thor movie, they hired Kenneth Branaugh. and when they realized they needed more action in the sequel, they got someone who did Game of Thrones. for the nostalgic WWII-era Captain America movie, they got the guy who did the Rocketeer. for the "John Hughes-esque" Spider-man reboot, they're looking at directors who do high school-movies. it's all pretty obvious and straight forward. i don't think it's just about race or gender.
8:14PM on 08/03/2015
You can't remove the race/gender from the discussion because they are searching solely by those parameters for the movies I mentioned. Its just as racist to think only a black person can direct a movie about a black person as it is to think only a white person can direct a movie about a white person. Substitute male or female into that narrative and you get why I think its a completely and total farce. Race and gender are not equal to genre's they've previously directed like your Branaugh
You can't remove the race/gender from the discussion because they are searching solely by those parameters for the movies I mentioned. Its just as racist to think only a black person can direct a movie about a black person as it is to think only a white person can direct a movie about a white person. Substitute male or female into that narrative and you get why I think its a completely and total farce. Race and gender are not equal to genre's they've previously directed like your Branaugh Shakespearean example. Marvels actions are insulting because ti really does have the appearance that they are merely throwing a woman and an African American a bone. "You weren't capable of doing our other movies in our eyes because of your race/gender, but since you happen to have the same skin color and private parts of THESE heroes, I suppose we'll let you have them so we can appear diverse." I just see it as a slap in the face to all races and genders honestly and I've loved every Marvel movie except Iron Man 3.
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3:26PM on 08/03/2015

F. Gary Gray is my top choice for this movie

i don't think hiring a black director specifically for this movie is racist. well, i guess it depends how "black" this movie is going to be. race is a big factor that divides up demographics to market researchers. since black panther has always been a comic catered to black audiences (i mean come on, his name is black panther) i wouldn't be surprised if this movie caters towards black audiences too. and "catering to black audiences" sounds racist, but it's a thing that we do and accept. (i.e.
i don't think hiring a black director specifically for this movie is racist. well, i guess it depends how "black" this movie is going to be. race is a big factor that divides up demographics to market researchers. since black panther has always been a comic catered to black audiences (i mean come on, his name is black panther) i wouldn't be surprised if this movie caters towards black audiences too. and "catering to black audiences" sounds racist, but it's a thing that we do and accept. (i.e. the channel BET). i would feel more comfortable with a black guy directing this than a white guy. just because there would be some jokes/scenes that a racially specific, and it's like, ok, we have a white writer and a white director and a white producer telling black actors to "act black". i would want a black guy in there somewhere calling the shots or approving the decisions. and F Gary Gray isn't just a "black director". look at his filmography, he's perfect for Marvel-verse. i can imagine this movie being somewhere along the lines of the Italian Job, the Negotiator, and Friday.
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3:19PM on 08/03/2015
I think Tim Story would be a better fit with Marvel, especially since he'd already done a couple of Fantastic Four films.
I think Tim Story would be a better fit with Marvel, especially since he'd already done a couple of Fantastic Four films.
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3:29PM on 08/03/2015
Tim Story does comedies. and those Fantastic Four movies weren't that great.

F Gary Gray has experience with Marvel type action set piece movies. he could take Black Panther on the fun and light hearted route (like he did on Italian Job), or he could take it serious (winter soldier-esque) like he did on Negotiator or Law Abiding Citizen.
Tim Story does comedies. and those Fantastic Four movies weren't that great.

F Gary Gray has experience with Marvel type action set piece movies. he could take Black Panther on the fun and light hearted route (like he did on Italian Job), or he could take it serious (winter soldier-esque) like he did on Negotiator or Law Abiding Citizen.
1:44PM on 08/03/2015

Like they give a shit

Why fake it now like that mattered at all before? All their other movies were directed by white men. It's actually more offensive to do this just for the black and female superheroes. Pretending it was never a consideration would have been better than trying to explain why diversity wasn't a target before. They're just afraid of the backlash. This is just sad.
Why fake it now like that mattered at all before? All their other movies were directed by white men. It's actually more offensive to do this just for the black and female superheroes. Pretending it was never a consideration would have been better than trying to explain why diversity wasn't a target before. They're just afraid of the backlash. This is just sad.
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3:28PM on 08/05/2015
This is hilarious. They receive criticism that they aren't diverse. They try to fix it, and then get criticized for that. Everyone has their heads so far up their ass that it doesn't even matter what they do, it is just constant venom. And constant silliness.
This is hilarious. They receive criticism that they aren't diverse. They try to fix it, and then get criticized for that. Everyone has their heads so far up their ass that it doesn't even matter what they do, it is just constant venom. And constant silliness.
1:08PM on 08/03/2015
Getting an American to direct a movie about an African? Total bullshit.
Getting an American to direct a movie about an African? Total bullshit.
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1:06PM on 08/03/2015
If Marvel is indeed choosing a African American director to direct Black Panther then Antoine Fuqua would be my top choice, and F. Gary Gray second.

But Marvel should really be picking the right person overall to helm the film; no matter what ethnicity and/or age.
If Marvel is indeed choosing a African American director to direct Black Panther then Antoine Fuqua would be my top choice, and F. Gary Gray second.

But Marvel should really be picking the right person overall to helm the film; no matter what ethnicity and/or age.
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3:35PM on 08/03/2015
i would love to see an Antoine Fuqua superhero movie, but he seems like he'd be better off in the DC-verse (unless he did Punisher). his stuff is just typically heavy and gritty.

F Gary Gray is perfect of Marvel-verse and can competently walk the line between serious action and funny.
i would love to see an Antoine Fuqua superhero movie, but he seems like he'd be better off in the DC-verse (unless he did Punisher). his stuff is just typically heavy and gritty.

F Gary Gray is perfect of Marvel-verse and can competently walk the line between serious action and funny.
9:50PM on 08/03/2015
Nahhh... Fuqua's style is too gritty and serious for a Marvel movie. If hired he'll probably leave the set after the first day of working. F Gary Gray is a solid choice if Marvel must hire an African American as the director.
Nahhh... Fuqua's style is too gritty and serious for a Marvel movie. If hired he'll probably leave the set after the first day of working. F Gary Gray is a solid choice if Marvel must hire an African American as the director.
12:34PM on 08/03/2015
I think the biggest issue here is Marvel is so fixated on making their films more diverse by having various talent behind their projects, but they want to have a black director direct Blank Panther? I don't understand why they didn't try to approach more black and female directors until now because they're suddenly getting superheroes in these categories.
I think the biggest issue here is Marvel is so fixated on making their films more diverse by having various talent behind their projects, but they want to have a black director direct Blank Panther? I don't understand why they didn't try to approach more black and female directors until now because they're suddenly getting superheroes in these categories.
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12:29PM on 08/03/2015
I'm not being biased here but I just want everyone to know that you don't have to have a black person to direct this movie. That seems to be what everyone is looking at for this movie. Which Black Director is right for The Black Panther. That seems to be what is more important than the movie itself. Come on people think outside the box.
I'm not being biased here but I just want everyone to know that you don't have to have a black person to direct this movie. That seems to be what everyone is looking at for this movie. Which Black Director is right for The Black Panther. That seems to be what is more important than the movie itself. Come on people think outside the box.
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1:10PM on 08/03/2015
Damn right. Just get the right director for the job no matter what the gender/skin colour.
Damn right. Just get the right director for the job no matter what the gender/skin colour.
1:27PM on 08/03/2015
1. This report is about his interest in the film, not Marvel's interest in him.

2. At this point, if a black guy is the best choice, would anyone give him credit? Or would they just consider it a bias?
1. This report is about his interest in the film, not Marvel's interest in him.

2. At this point, if a black guy is the best choice, would anyone give him credit? Or would they just consider it a bias?
5:53PM on 08/03/2015
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I'll tell you one thing that was going to be for sure is if that Selma Director had taking directing duties for this movie I guarantee she would have made this movie's plot about repression on the black man. Thank god she dropped out. I don't mind a black person directing the movie as long as it is the right person for it and it isn't about their historical issues that has nothing to do with them these days.

We need a director that will follow the format of the MCU
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I'll tell you one thing that was going to be for sure is if that Selma Director had taking directing duties for this movie I guarantee she would have made this movie's plot about repression on the black man. Thank god she dropped out. I don't mind a black person directing the movie as long as it is the right person for it and it isn't about their historical issues that has nothing to do with them these days.

We need a director that will follow the format of the MCU and not put their 2 cents of repressed history into it.
1:22AM on 08/04/2015
Welcome to Hollywood logic.
Welcome to Hollywood logic.
3:24PM on 08/05/2015
@Salarian, god forbid :/
@Salarian, god forbid :/
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