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Ryan Coogler to Write and Direct ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

”Black Panther“ has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide

Ryan Coogler will officially write and direct the “Black Panther” sequel for Marvel, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Of course, most everyone anticipated that Coogler would sign back on for the sequel, given the success of this past February’s mega-blockbuster that grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and has received critical acclaim. The film is even in consideration for a Best Picture nomination at the upcoming Academy Awards.

“Black Panther” was also written and directed by Coogler. Chadwick Boseman starred as the titular character, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright also having roles in the film.

The film holds a “fresh” score of 97 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Production on a sequel is set to start in either late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Coogler is in development for the drama “Wrong Answer,” which also stars Michael B. Jordan.

He will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming “Creed II” with Jordan, as well as on LeBron James’ “Space Jam” sequel.

Coogler is represented by WME.

Marvel had no comment. Representatives for Coogler and Disney have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.