Ryan Coogler Producing Universal’s Prince Jukebox Musical

The project comes as the director is also working on an “event” film with Michael B. Jordan

Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist Prince performs the song "Purple Rain" at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Ryan Coogler has signed on to produce Universal’s jukebox musical based on the music of Prince.

The “Black Panther” director will produce alongside Zinzi Coogler and Sev Oganian through their Proximity Media, with Proximity’s Rebecca Cho executive producing. They join the project just over five years after Universal acquired the rights to the rock and funk legend’s music.

Bryan Edward Hill wrote a previous draft for the film, which won’t be a Prince biopic, but rather an original story inspired by Prince, who died in 2016, and his music.

Proximity Media was cofounded with Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks. The company’s projects include “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”

The company is also working on the upcoming “event film” that reunites Coogler with Michael B. Jordan. The still-untitled and film is set for a March 2025 Imax release.


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