Greta Gerwig to Cowrite Barbie Live-Action Movie, May Also Direct

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are set to cowrite the live-action Barbie movie, with Gerwig also being eyed to direct. A live-action film based on Mattel’s immensely popular Barbie fashion doll-turned multimedia brand has been in development for just short of ten years now. The project has changed studios a few times along the way, but is currently set up at Warner Bros. and is expected to serve as their first collaboration with the recently-formed Mattel Films production company.

While Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway were attached to star in previous iterations of the film, they’ve since moved on and been replaced by Margot Robbie (who’s also producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner). There’ve been even more changes in screenwriter than lead actor during the movie’s development, with names like Oscar-winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully) and Bert Royal (Easy A) among those who’ve turned in a draft at some point. More recently, Wonder Woman helmsman Patty Jenkins was reportedly being considered to direct the film. However, she shot down that rumor herself near the beginning of this year.

Related: Margot Robbie Confirms DC’s Birds of Prey is Less Male Gaze-y

According to The Wrap, real-life partners and fellow filmmakers Gerwig and Baumbach have now closed a deal to write a new live-action Barbie movie script. The former isn’t set to direct just yet, but she’s said to have dibs on the job if she ultimately decides she wants it.

In terms of their film collaborations, Gerwig and Baumbach have worked together on such acclaimed projects as Frances Ha and Mistress America (both of which they cowrote, with Gerwig starring and Baumbach directing). Gerwig went on to make her directing debut with 2017’s Lady Bird, a much celebrated and (very) loosely autobiographical coming of age dramedy that was nominated for Best Picture and snagged Gerwig Oscar nods for both her writing and directing. Her sophomore feature, an adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, is due to reach theaters this December, and is expected to become an Oscar contender in its own right.

The prospect of Gerwig and Baumbach working on a live-action Barbie movie is unexpected, but more than welcome, especially with Robbie starring and Gerwig potentially directing. What could’ve easily been a lazy attempt to cash-in on the enduring popularity of the Barbie brand is currently shaping up to be a creatively worthwhile adaptation of a best-selling toy instead. (Dare we say, even the next LEGO Movie?) The film is technically scheduled to arrive in May 2020, but it’s safe to assume at this point that WB is planning to delay Barbie to give its future director – be it Gerwig or not – the time that they need to avoid having to rush things.

NEXT: Little Women First-Look Photos Reveal Greta Gerwig’s Adaptation

Source: The Wrap

2019-07-15 01:07:07

Sandy Schaefer

Ben Affleck to Star in & Direct WWII Movie Ghost Army

Ben Affleck will direct and star in Ghost Army, a new World War II film for Universal. Prior to his casting as Batman in the early installments of the DC Extended Universe, Affleck experienced a nice career comeback working behind the camera. The trio of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo were all critically acclaimed (with Argo winning Best Picture), cementing Affleck as one of this generation’s premier directing talents. His 2017 crime drama Live By Night didn’t live up to its potential, but that was mostly due to extenuating circumstances related to Affleck’s time in the DCEU.

Now that he’s hung up the cape and cowl, Affleck is free to pursue whatever films fancy him. He’s starring in a few notable upcoming films (like Gavin O’Connor’s Torrance), but he’s also been eyeing potential directorial projects. Last summer, he reportedly signed on to helm a film based on the true story of the McDonald’s Monopoly scam, but in the wake of the Disney/Fox acquisition going official, that one seems to have fallen by the wayside. In the meantime, Affleck is targeting a different kind of film to make next – but one that will surely get cinephiles buzzing.

Related: Ben Affleck’s 5 Best Moments As Batman (and 5 Worst)

According to The Wrap, Affleck will direct, produce, and star in Ghost Army, which is based on the book The Ghost Army of World War IITrue Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto will write the script. The story details “a little-known maneuver into Germany during World War II.” Those interested in familiarizing themselves with the topic might want to check out the Netflix documentary Ghost Army.

The past couple of years have been rather tumultuous for Affleck on a professional and personal level, with constant rumors about his future as Batman and a stint in rehab making headlines. But it’s nice to see him land back on his feet and move forward with the next phase of his career. As indicated earlier, Live By Night was hamstrung by Affleck’s DCEU commitments, and he didn’t have the necessary time to fully develop it as he saw fit. Thankfully, all of those distractions are now in the past and Affleck should be able to fully dedicate himself to making Ghost Army the strongest film possible. This certainly has the makings of a powerful awards contender if all the pieces fall into place.

It’s also refreshing for viewers to see Affleck look to tackle some new subject matter. Most of his films are in the crime genre, and while that’s certainly a rich realm for cinema, one of Live By Night’s perceived shortcomings was that it retreaded material Affleck handled better in previous endeavors. World War II is definitely no stranger to the movies, but it should still be interesting to see what Affleck brings to the table. Recent WWII films, like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, showed it was still possible to innovate in this sandbox, so hopefully Affleck delivers something special with Ghost Army.

More: Ben Affleck Is Still Open To Directing A DCEU Film

Source: The Wrap

2019-04-23 02:04:37

Chris Agar

Jonathan Frakes to Direct Episodes of Patrick Stewart’s Picard Series

Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that he will direct two episodes of the forthcoming Picard solo series starring Patrick Stewart. Frakes is perhaps best remembered by the Star Trek faithful for portraying the popular William Riker in The Next Generation, but more recent years have seen him achieve acclaim as a director rather than a star in front of the camera. Despite an impressive array of directing credits across a wide range of TV shows, Frakes is never too far away from the world of Star Trek and has shot episodes of Discovery, Voyager, Deep Space 9 and TNG, as well as the First Contact and Insurrection movies.

However, another title will soon be added to the canon of Star Trek TV shows: a solo series for Patrick Stewart’s Enterprise-D Captain, Jean-Luc Picard. The legendary actor himself confirmed the news at a Las Vegas Star Trek convention last year and the new series will continue Picard’s story following his last appearance in Nemesis, supposedly exploring new sides of the famous character. Discovery‘s Akiva Goldsman is involved and the series is expected to premiere later this year on CBS All Access. Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have been cast in supporting roles and Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper has been recruited as director.

Related: James McAvoy Offers To Play Young Picard For Patrick Stewart

Another familiar Star Trek figure who will be acting as director in the Picard series is Jonathan Frakes. During an interview with Trek Movie, Frakes confirmed his role in the project, stated his interest in directing for the upcoming Georgiou solo series and discussed his feelings towards working on this ambitious new Star Trek venture with an old friend, claiming:

“I’ve been booked for what they call the “second block,” which is episodes 3 and 4… I am so looking forward to it, I can’t tell ya… I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised. I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged, [laughs] sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it.”

Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series will likely be warmly welcomed by Star Trek fans, primarily because the man clearly has a strong affinity for the franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The director has delivered arguably some of Discovery‘s strongest episodes, such as “Despite Yourself” and “Project Daedalus” which managed to combine a familiar Trek tone with new, modern elements to great effect. It’s also worth noting that Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series could potentially pave the way for a fan-pleasing Riker cameo.

However, Frakes’ creative input will also help maintain a sense of continuity between the various Star Trek stories currently in production. A pitfall of running Discovery, the Picard series and the Georgiou series concurrently (and that’s without considering any of the big screen Trek output in the works) is that the fictional universe can start to feel disjointed and fractured. Having a familiar pair of hands helping to steer the ship should certainly help avoid that issue.

More: Picard Is No Longer A Starfleet Captain In New Star Trek Series

The Picard solo series is expected to premiere in late 2019.

Source: Trek Movie

2019-04-16 05:04:43

Craig Elvy

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jon Watts In Talks To Direct Methusaleh Movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jon Watts is in talks to direct a Methusaleh movie. The successful 2017 Homecoming marked Watts’ third feature film as a director, having previously gained attention for his indie films Cop Car and Clown. In addition to these, Watts has worked extensively in television, and as a music video director.

Most recently, Watts has been finishing work on the follow up to Homecoming, this summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, as far as being attached to anything after that movie goes, Watts is currently something of a free agent. And given that he’s already proven himself with a big budget studio film, he might be just the filmmaker that Warner Bros. needs to work on their Methusaleh project, which has reportedly been a priority for years. It’s a project that not a lot is currently known about, aside from the fact that Tom Cruise had originally been interested in playing the titular character, but has since abandoned the role, which was then subsequently snapped up by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan.

Related: Michael B Jordan To Play An Ageless Man In Methusaleh Movie

As such, Deadline is now reporting that Watts is currently in talks to direct the long-gestating Warner production. At present, Warner is looking to rewrite the current draft of the Methusaleh script, which had originally been written by Tony Gilroy (Rogue One, The Bourne Legacy). Exactly who’ll be hired to tackle Gilroy’s script remains a mystery, but if Watts does sign on to the project, it likely won’t be long before a writer is secured.

The story of Methusaleh is taken from the Bible, and deals with a legendary figure said to have lived to the age of 969. The story has roots in Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths, though the Warner production doesn’t necessarily sound as though it’s interested in pursuing a biblical epic as Paramount did with 2014’s Darren Aronofsky effort, Noah. Instead, Warner appears to be eager to focus on the abilities of Methusaleh, gained from his extensive years of experience, particularly his vast amount of personal knowledge in science and numerous other academic pursuits. The character is also adept in survival skills and from the sound of things, the Methusaleh depicted in the film will be somewhat middle-aged – focusing on him as a 400-year-old, rather than on his much later and more widely fabled years.

Given that Tom Cruise was once attached to this project as well as the somewhat Henri Ducard/Pai Mei nature of the character, it wouldn’t be surprising if Warner is going to try and build an action franchise out of this one. A well-rounded, wizened action hero who looks as young as Jordan but actually employs hundreds of years of experience and study could be very interesting indeed. We likely won’t know much about Methusaleh until a new script is written, but with the very real prospect of Jon Watts joining Michael B. Jordan, this could be one to keep an eye on.

More: 14 Best Biblical Epics Of All Time

Source: Deadline

2019-04-15 05:04:58

Mike Jones

A Surprise Nintendo Direct Is Coming This Week, According To Leak

A new leak has emerged suggesting that a Nintendo Direct will be happening later this week, although details regarding the content of said presentation are currently unavailable. The most recent Nintendo Direct was nearly two months ago, when Nintendo revealed Pokemon Sword & Shield, the first mainline Pokemon titles to arrive on Switch.

Since then, Nintendo has been relatively quiet regarding large announcements as the company gears up for a future without Reggie Fils-Aime, CEO of Nintendo America, who will be retiring on April 15 this month. The biggest presentation since then was likely the Nindies Showcase for Spring that occurred a few weeks ago, revealing a new Legend of Zelda Necrodancer crossover alongside some other major announcements. The industry is also only a few short months away from E3 2019, one of the most important conferences of the year and a convergence point for big reveals from many different companies, even those that aren’t actually giving presentations on location.

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According to GamingIntel, a reputable source in the industry, another Nintendo Direct livestream is apparently scheduled for later this week on Thursday, April 11. The surprise Nintendo Direct will contain the usual Switch and 3DS-related news that fans have come to expect, but outside of that fairly easy assumption, not much is known about the content of the presentation. That hasn’t stopped fans from speculating, though, and the presentation’s close proximity to Fils-Aime’s retirement date suggests that he could be involved in some way for an on-screen send-off.

Beyond that, there’s still plenty of news fans already know about that could make up the bulk of the surprise Nintendo Direct. Persona 5‘s Joker DLC fighter is going to release for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon, and coupled with an upcoming announcement from Atlus about Persona 5 S later this month, a Nintendo Direct could be the perfect time to reveal further plans for the Phantom Thieves on Switch. A recent Best Buy leak also unveiled the existence of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, and if those were already in the company’s inventory system, it’s possible they’re close enough to a release that Nintendo could structure a presentation around them. Finally, there’s also a chance Pokemon Sword & Shield will make up the bulk of the presentation, as many details about the world of Galar have yet to be uncovered.

Nintendo usually reveals the time and date of its livestreams pretty close to when they actually occur, so this rumor won’t be cemented until the next few days if it’s true. Still, the timing of the surprise Nintendo Direct makes a lot of sense, and it would be an appropriate platform to give Nintendo fans one last chance to see Reggie Fils-Aime in all his internet meme-generating glory before he takes a well-deserved step back from the spotlight in a week.

More: Nintendo & Twitch Team Up To Bring Switch Online To Prime Members

Source: GamingIntel

2019-04-08 08:04:20

Cody Gravelle

Transformers 6 Will Not Be a Direct Sequel to Last Knight

The next film in the Transformers franchise will not be a followup to Transformers: The Last Knight, and director Michael Bay has no plans to return to the franchise. The robots in disguise hit a financial speed bump when The Last Knight was released in the summer of 2017. The film was also greeted with the franchise’s usual negative reviews, and the box office disappointment indicated it was time for a new direction for the Autobots and Decepticons.

That new direction came in the guise of Bumblebee, director Travis Knight’s soft reboot of the franchise. While Bumblebee was only a modest box office performer, it garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and seemed a natural starting point for a new iteration of the story. But producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura seemingly threw some uncertainty on the franchise’s future, recently commenting that the studio had several different ideas for the next entry in series, possibly even one that follows the events of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Related: Exclusive: Watch This New Deleted Scene From Bumblebee

Things have apparently changed. In a new interview with Slash Film, di Bonaventura clarifies that the next Transformers film will not be connected to Bay’s quintet of movies, and further stresses that Bay has left the franchise behind.

This shouldn’t be surprising news. Paramount and Hasbro are on the record as being satisfied with Bumblebee’s performance, and going back to Bay’s style would seem counterintuitive, to say the least. The reason this even needed to be clarified is really down to di Bonaventura himself, who seems to give conflicting information on the franchise’s direction virtually every time he gives an interview.

Even if we know what the next film won’t be, we still have very little sense of what it will be. Most reports have suggested the next live-action film will serve as a direct sequel to Bumblebee, possibly framed as a sort of buddy cop film between the titular Autobot and Optimus Prime. There’s been no official confirmation that Hailee Steinfeld will return as Charlie Watson, but it would seem a safe bet the studio will be eager to bring her back into the fold. Similarly, Travis Knight has made no concrete announcements about returning, though he has suggested he has ideas for further stories. There’s also an animated film set on Cybertron in development, and even the idea of a Beast Wars film has been discussed. There are plenty of possibilities on the horizon for the Transformers, but it seems the days of robot Bayhem are officially behind us.

Next: 8 Things Bumblebee Did Better Than Other Transformers Movies (& 2 The Others Did Better)

Source: Slash Film

2019-04-06 06:04:42

Dusty Stowe

Spider-Verse Producer Wants Sam Raimi To Direct An Animated Spider-Man Movie

Longtime producer Avi Arad wants Sam Raimi to return to Spider-Man with an animated movie after the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Before the days of shared comic book movie universes, Raimi helped reestablish superhero movies as lucrative projects in Hollywood, as his initial installment had the first $100 million-plus opening weekend ever. He directed a trilogy of Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in total, which came to an unplanned end with Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

Raimi originally had plans for Spider-Man 4, but ultimately had to leave the project due to how quickly Sony wanted it done. The studio wound up rebooting the franchise with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield in 2012, but then ended that franchise after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Sony then agreed to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland playing the part. The partnership with Marvel Studios has been incredibly successful, but Sony also found hits of their own with Venom‘s surprise box office run and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse becoming an Oscar-winning feature.

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Throughout all of these decisions, reboots, and recastings, producer Arad has been involved. He was even the one who pushed Raimi to include Venom in Spider-Man 3, even though the director didn’t want to use him. After all this time and the newfound success Arad and Sony have with these characters, Arad wants to get Raimi back. He revealed this during an interview with Deadline, where he said, “I would love to see what kind of animated Spider-Man movie we’d get from Sam Raimi so if he sees this, ‘Call me Sam!'”

While this may be a long shot at this point, as Raimi has moved on from the superhero world and is next directing Kingkiller Chronicles, this is an exciting possibility to consider. Raimi has never directed an animated movie before, so it would be a chance for him to spread his wings as a creator. That said, the possibilities of animation and the multi-verse introduced in Spider-Verse opens up the door for Raimi to have the ability to actually do the Spider-Man 4 he always envisioned.

There’s been several details on Spider-Man 4 that have surfaced over the years, including who Raimi may have cast for certain roles. Vulture and Mysterio appeared to be part of the story, with rumors pointing to John Malkovich being eyed for the role of Vulture. Raimi also confirmed in the past that Anne Hathaway auditioned for Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat, with concept art teasing the romantic relationship between her and Peter. Since the movie never happened, Spider-Man 4 is a major what-if story that many fans would like to see, and since it would just require voice work from the cast, it’s feasible that an animated Spider-Man 4 set within the Spider-Verse world could happen. The chances of this materializing may be slim, as Raimi could decide to do a different story altogether if he did want to return, but hopefully Raimi does give Arad a call and something can happen.

MORE: Every Animated Version of Spider-Man Ranked

Source: Deadline

2019-03-20 02:03:05

Cooper Hood

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Director Would Direct A Star Trek Movie

Director Christopher McQuarrie is very open to directing a new Star Trek movie. Following the box-office disappointment of Star Trek: Nemesis in 2003, the movie series took a break while the studio figured out what to do with the brand. J.J. Abrams came onboard with the clever idea of bringing back the classic Star Trek crew (Kirk, Spock, Bones etc) but splitting them off on a divergent timeline, allowing for new adventures and twists on familiar storylines.

Both Star Trek (2009) and Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness were solid hits, but the latter movie was roundly criticized for its lazy plotting and being a blatant retelling of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. The filmmakers were also called out for somewhat pointlessly pretending Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain wasn’t Khan in the marketing. Audience disappointment in the movie is considered a factor in the underperformance of 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, despite being regarded by critics and fans as the best entry in the rebooted franchise.

Related: Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth may not return for Star Trek 4

There are currently two Star Trek movies in development at Paramount; Star Trek 4, and an untitled instalment that Quentin Tarantino is earmarked to direct. In a new interview with Forbes, Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has stated he would be very open to working on a new Star Trek, as he’s a big fan of the series.

Star Trek is another one of those doors I mentioned, if that door opened I would gladly go through it. I am a huge fan of Star Trek. I grew up on Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan is one of my favorite movies of all time, but we haven’t really talked about it because we’ve been so busy with the work in front of us.

McQuarrie would be a fantastic addition to the Star Trek franchise, but its unlikely he’ll be approached for at least a few more years. The movie series appears to be in a state of flux, with the studio uncertain over how to proceed next. Before Star Trek Beyond underperformed there were plans for a 4th movie that would pair Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) with his late father George (Chris Hemsworth) for a time-bending adventure, but the two actors have since walked away over pay disputes. The movie has a director in S.J. Clarkson, but there’s been no movement on the project since August.

Tarantino is currently busy with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and is expected to jump onto his Star Trek movie once he’s wrapped. McQuarrie is also an in-demand screenwriter and is currently working on Top Gun: Maverick with regular collaborator Tom Cruise. McQuarrie has also stated he’d be open to a Man Of Steel sequel if he got the opportunity to work with Henry Cavill again. Since Cavill seems to have departed from the DCEU, however, he may not be so keen on the idea anymore.

More: Man Of Steel 2: Chris McQuarrie Will Direct ‘If Henry Cavill Asks’

Source: Forbes

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2018-12-04 05:12:37

Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood