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‘Black Panther’ TV series in development

Disney is developing a “Black Panther” television series set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda as part of a massive new five-year content deal with director Ryan Coogler, the company said Monday.

Global smash hit film “Black Panther”, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book movie to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars, and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

It was also credited as a major step forward in African American representation for Hollywood, with a predominantly Black cast and writer-director in Coogler, who is also overseeing a film sequel set for next year.

The untitled Wakanda series is the latest in a huge raft of Disney+ television shows set in the world of the record-grossing Marvel superhero films.

At an investor presentation in December, Disney announced “roughly 10 Marvel series” would hit the streaming service in the “next few years.”

Others included the Samuel L Jackson-led “Secret Invasion”, “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress Dominique Thorne in “Ironheart”, and Don Cheadle for “Armor Wars”.

“WandaVision”, the first new release in the Marvel franchise “universe” for almost two years due to delays caused by the pandemic, is currently airing on Disney+.

The pioneering Boseman’s lead role in “Black Panther” will not be recast in the sequel film following his death in August from colon cancer, the company has said.*AFP

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