Marvel is in final talks with Joe Robert Cole to pen the script for Black Panther, one of its many upcoming films in the MCU. Cole recently worked on FX’s American Crime Story, which is a series that spends a season focused on true crimes (the first being the O.J. Simpson case) that premieres in February 2016. Cole also wrote and directed Amber Lake, a 2011 indie thriller, and also worked on the alien film Revoc.
Black Panther is another Marvel character casual fans may not be overly familiar with who is getting his own film to tie into the overall MCU. Chadwick Boseman is set to star as the the titular character, whose real name is T’Challa and hails from the fictional nation of Wakanda in Africa. Andy Serkis is expected to return as Ulysses Klaw as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Also unconfirmed is who will be directing the film. Rumors were circulating that F. Gary Gray was in the running, but has since agreed to direct Fast and Furious 8, which would cause a scheduling conflict with Black Panther. Selma’s Ava DuVernay turned down the directing position because of Marvel’s intent on maintaining creative control. It appears now that Marvel may allow Cole to write the script before finalizing their director choice to find the best fit.
Black Panther is scheduled for a 2018 release.
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Via [The Wrap]