Marvel is looking to bring in Joe Robert Cole to write BLACK PANTHER. The film has set Chadwick Boseman as the titular character from fictional African nation Wakanda, who will first be seen in Captain America: Civil War. His appearance was hinted in a scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which a fight breaks out over obtaining the fictional metal, Vibranium, which only exists in Wakanda. Cole previously wrote and directed Amber Lake, an indie thriller from 2011. Cole, like Nicole Perlman who wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, also came through Marvel’s in-house writers’ program.
Black Panther, aka T’Challa, first appeared in 1966 in The Fantastic Four. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and is the first black superhero in mainstream comics. Marvel has been determined to find writers and directors that would continue the Panther’s history-founded diversity.
The project does not currently have a director, through Marvel heavily courted Ava Duvernay. Duvernay turned down the offer saying it “wasn’t going to be an Ava film.” Recently, F. Gary Gray has been greatly rumored, though now that it’s looking like he’s signing on to helm the next The Fast and the Furious film, there may be scheduling conflicts as Furious is set to debut in 2017 while Black Panther is set for summer 2018.
Cole is repped at CAA and Circle of Confusion.
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Emily J | Staff Writer