A new television series set in Wakanda is in development at Disney+ according to recent Variety reports.
The series is part of a new multi-year overall television deal Ryan Coogler and his Proximity Media have signed with The Walt Disney Company and will include other television projects in the future. Coogler previously directed and co-wrote the hit Marvel film Black Panther, which takes place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Coogler is currently at work on the film’s sequel.
The deal will enable Proximity to develop shows for other divisions of the Walt Disney Company as well. Along with Coogler, Proximity’s principals are Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “With ‘Black Panther,’ Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”
Should the Wakanda project go to series, it would be the latest show set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make its way to Disney+. The streamer recently launched its first such show, WandaVision, with Falcon and Winter Soldier and Loki also on deck. Others include Hawkeye, Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. There are also shows on the way focusing on Nick Fury with Samuel L. Jackson starring, the character War Machine played by Don Cheadle, and Dominique Thorne starring in Ironheart.