Chadwick Boseman’s unexpected death last summer took the movie industry by surprise. Few were more shocked however than Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Before the sudden loss of his friend, Coogler had already began the script for Black Panther 2. Boseman’s passing forced Coogler to re-think his idea for the upcoming sequel. With filming expected to begin this summer, Boseman’s shadow looms large over the impending production, as those are some big shoes to fill.
Coogler is opening up about how he’s been coping with Boseman’s absence. In a recent episode of ‘Jemele Hill is Unbothered’ Coogler admitted that he still hasn’t fully processed his loss: “I’m still currently going through it,” said Coogler (via Yahoo): “One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this Earth is that it’s very difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it.
“This is one of the more profound things that I’ve gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who is like the glue who held it together.”
“That said, you have a professional life, you’ve got a personal life,” Stated Coogler: “Personal life, I’m going to say that when you work in something that you love, those things blend, they come together. I’m trying to find a work-life balance. But I’m not there yet, so this is without a question the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my professional life.”
Although production on Black Panther 2, will be tough for all the cast and crew involved, Coogler isn’t ready to stop with the MCU yet. His Proximity Media banner recently signed a new deal with Disney to develop several projects over the next few years. One of those projects is a potential Disney+ series set in Wakanda. Whatever Coogler’s plans to do, it’s clear that he aims to make his friend and colleague proud.
“I’m incredibly sad to lose him,” Coogler stated. “But I’m also incredibly motivated that I got to spend time with him. You spend your life hearing about people like him. For this individual, who is an ancestor now, I was there for it. It’s such an incredible privilege that fills you up as much as it knocks you out. So often as Black people, we have to pick up the pieces after loss.”
There are no plans as of yet to bring Boseman back in a Paul Walker esc Cameo, using Special effects. But, the fate of the Black Panther mantle is up in the air and there has been no confirmation as to who could become the next Black Panther.
Black Panther 2 will be in cinemas on July 8th 2022. Are you looking forward to seeing what Coogler and his collaborators come up with? Who do you think could take on the Black Panther mantle next? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
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