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Marvel Studios secures a writer for Black Panther

10.06.2015
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Marvel is ready to make a little progress on BLACK PANTHER as they embark on building Phase Three of their Cinematic Universe. With all of the attention on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR right now, and then DOCTOR STRANGE, Marvel can operate carefully as they put the right pieces in place for properties like CAPTAIN MARVEL and BLACK PANTHER.

Today, they made a little dent in the development of BLACK PANTHER, moving forward with securing a writer to pen the script for Chadwick Boseman's entry into the MCU as T’Challa. Joe Robert Cole has been tapped to get cracking on the screenplay, emerging as a product of Marvel's in-house writing program to land the gig. Cole has also served as a writer for FX's AMERICAN CRIME STORY and the alien invasion flick REVOC over at Lionsgate, but it's safe to say you aren't too familiar with his work.

According to The Wrap, the plan is to have a script in place first before chasing after a filmmaker to execute it, which seems to fly in the face of Marvel's recent behavior of landing the right director and having them help craft the project while already in the driver's seat. Then again, when you've already been spurned by Ava DuVernay for BLACK PANTHER, getting your ducks in a row before going on the search again might not be such a bad idea.

F. Gary Gray's name has recently surfaced as a potential candidate that Marvel would like to do business with, but as he gets closer to landing the FURIOUS 8 job for himself, it appears Marvel will have to look elsewhere unless something falls apart.

BLACK PANTHER will be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on July 6, 2018.

Source: The Wrap

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10:12PM on 10/06/2015
I'm really interested in seeing Black Panther's fight technique in Civil War and then in his own solo film. Really hope the films nail how badass of a hero he is when compared to the rest of the MCU.

And I agree with Scorpio77 in that if Marvel can't get Gray to direct due to Fast 8, then Fuqua would be a solid choice as well (even though Marvel should be looking for the best overall, qualified person for the job. Despite race or gender).
I'm really interested in seeing Black Panther's fight technique in Civil War and then in his own solo film. Really hope the films nail how badass of a hero he is when compared to the rest of the MCU.

And I agree with Scorpio77 in that if Marvel can't get Gray to direct due to Fast 8, then Fuqua would be a solid choice as well (even though Marvel should be looking for the best overall, qualified person for the job. Despite race or gender).
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11:37PM on 10/06/2015
what if race or gender narrows the search for the best overall director?
what if race or gender narrows the search for the best overall director?
12:05AM on 10/07/2015
I'm confident that you mean well, but the whole "get the best person for the job, regardless of race/gender" thing is SO played-out at this point.

First off, it's a bit naive to think that Hollywood has managed to get "the right person for the job" 100% in all of its history. Hollywood is infamous for NOT being a meritocracy - if one has the right connections (nepotism, for example, runs rampant), the right amount of past success (whether deserved or not), the right upbringing and background
I'm confident that you mean well, but the whole "get the best person for the job, regardless of race/gender" thing is SO played-out at this point.

First off, it's a bit naive to think that Hollywood has managed to get "the right person for the job" 100% in all of its history. Hollywood is infamous for NOT being a meritocracy - if one has the right connections (nepotism, for example, runs rampant), the right amount of past success (whether deserved or not), the right upbringing and background (it's undeniable that Hollywood is a den of racism and sexism), then they usually go on to find success in the industry. It's almost never been about finding "the right person for the job".

Second, it's just a bit suspicious that it seems like "the best person for the job" up to this point has almost ALWAYS been a white male. There are uncountable numbers of minorities and women who simply never get a chance to have a big break in the industry - I refuse to believe it's because the white male who almost always beat them to the job was "the right person for the job" rather than them.

Third, maybe the race/gender of the individual actually DOES factor into "the right person for the job". It's only logical that when a prominent minority character is being brought to the big screen, someone who's also had the unique experiences of actually BEING a minority should be the one involved in the writing and directing of the movie. Same goes for female characters and female directors/writers as well.

I'm not trying to attack you personally or anything, but your seemingly harmless line of thinking is actually enabling a pretty messed up system, and I just can't stand it when I see that get repeated in comment threads for movies like this.
11:08AM on 10/07/2015
^ EXACTLY. people kind of misunderstand racism these days. you're making a Black Panther movie? you're looking for a black director? that's not really "racist".

now... if some white guy with a proven track record... like... Steven Speilberg wanted to direct this, and the studio said "no, he's too white to direct this. only a black guy could get this right". that would be kind of racist.
^ EXACTLY. people kind of misunderstand racism these days. you're making a Black Panther movie? you're looking for a black director? that's not really "racist".

now... if some white guy with a proven track record... like... Steven Speilberg wanted to direct this, and the studio said "no, he's too white to direct this. only a black guy could get this right". that would be kind of racist.
9:25PM on 10/06/2015
If they want a black director for Black Panther & F. Gary Gray isn't available, then just get Antoine Fuqua instead if he is available.
If they want a black director for Black Panther & F. Gary Gray isn't available, then just get Antoine Fuqua instead if he is available.
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11:39PM on 10/06/2015
fuqua would be good if they're trying to go dark and gritty. but if black panther is to be more like... say... iron man 1, captain america 1, or thor 1, i don't think he'd be a good fit. or better, i don't think i could see fuqua doing any one of those.
fuqua would be good if they're trying to go dark and gritty. but if black panther is to be more like... say... iron man 1, captain america 1, or thor 1, i don't think he'd be a good fit. or better, i don't think i could see fuqua doing any one of those.
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