Ryan Coogler – the director of the African-themed superhero smash hit Black Panther – has signed a new, five year TV deal with Disney. The overall exclusive television deal between Coogler’s Proximity Media and Disney includes the development of a Wakanda-based Disney+ series. The deal also includes for Proximity to develop additional projects for Disney’s other outlets as well as working on other Marvel shows.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company in a statement. “With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”
Coogler is currently working on the sequel for the ground breaking, Oscar nominated Black Panther. The sequel is set for release July 8, 2022, with a filming start date of July this year.
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.
The recently negotiated deal also serves to hammer home the fact that Disney is giving special attention to its Marvel properties, with five shows coming in 2021 alone and over ten shows expected to debut on Disney+ in the next few years.
Coogler founded the multi-media company Proximity with principals Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks with a mission to create event-driven feature films, television, soundtracks and podcasts that look to bring audiences closer together through stories involving often-overlooked subject matters.