In a report published by Devin Faraci over at Birth.Movies.Death., it looks like Marvel Studios may have finally found a match for Black Panther.
Creed‘s Ryan Coogler has reportedly entered talks for the production, and given how *great* Creed was, this is a rather exciting choice.
Seriously, Creed will easily make its way into my Top Ten this year barring an end of the year surprise. Coogler’s current trajectory, an indie director (for Fruitvale Station) turned mid-ranged budget level success, provides a bit more reassurance of a steady hand than a number of directors who made the leap to mega-bucks franchises from the festival crowd. Such a move may have effectively ended Josh Trank’s career, and it really did Marc Webb no favors either. Coogler’s likely path to megastar director status somewhat reminds me of Christopher Nolan’s, who rode the Oscar nominated Memento over to Insomnia over to Batman Begins.
A great move by Marvel, especially after the Ava DuVernay talks fizzled. Hopefully Coogler and Marvel will gel in a way that’s satisfying to audiences and critics.
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