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T'Challa is back! Marvel hires a writer for Black Panther

01.20.2011

Welcome back to film news BLACK PANTHER.

Marvel has finally hired a writer for the comic adaptation. Who gets this responsibility? Mark Bailey. It's possible that you have no idea who I'm talking about. Bailey hails from the documentary genre. He wrote the HBO documentary, PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS. Bailey's non-fiction novel, The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon is being developed by Chockstone Productions with Doug Liman attached to direct.

Definitely an interesting choice to say the least. I don't mind fresh perspectives from writers who have experience with different genres. Hell, for all we know, the guy could be a huge comic fan. But that's wishful thinking I suppose.

As we all know, BLACK PANTHER has been tossed around like no other. Back in the early '90's, Columbia Pictures had Wesley Snipes set to star as T'Challa. Snipes even stayed attached when it was set up at Artisan Entertainment. You remember Artisan? The housed films like REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. You went to see that movie when you were 12. It scared you, now you won't admit it to anyone. It's okay, I know you're hardcore. Artisan at the time had quite a few Marvel properties in development. Marvel got the rights to PANTHER back in 2005, when it absorbed a host of character licenses from Lionsgate, which bought Artisan in 2003.

There were also rumors a couple of years ago that Djimon Hounsou would star as the character. That eventually went bust as well.

T'Challa has a rather extensive background. I'll leave you with some info from Marvel, if you want more head here.

"T'Challa is heir to the centuries-old ruling dynasty of the African kingdom Wakanda, and ritual leader of its Panther Clan. His mother died in childbirth, earning him the enduring hatred of his adopted elder brother, Hunter, who also resented T'Challa for supplanting him in the royal household. Hunter would become the White Wolf, leader of the Hatut Zeraze (Dogs of War), the Wakandan secret police. Their father T'Chaka remarried, but his second wife, Ramonda, seemingly ran away with another man when T'Challa was eight. When T'Challa was a teenager, T'Chaka was murdered by Klaw, a Dutchman seeking to plunder the rare Vibranium metal unique to Wakanda, but T'Challa used Klaw's own weapon to maim him and drive him off. T'Challa studied in Europe and America, then underwent ritual trials in Wakanda - including defeating his uncle S'yan, the existing Black Panther - to win the heart-shaped herb, enhancing his abilities and linking him spiritually to the Panther God Bast. Now Wakanda's ruler as the Black Panther, he disbanded and exiled the Hatut Zeraze and continued transforming his country into a high-tech wonderland. When tribal war broke out, T'Challa restored peace by condemning the Jabari tribe, and by picking Dora Milaje ("Adored Ones") from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training."

Extra Tidbit: Who would you choose to play BLACK PANTHER? Djimon Hounsou? Or someone else? Hounsou is getting close to 50. We may have to count him out. The guy is pretty ripped though for his age.
Source: THR

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