Cannes 2018: Black Panther director says female-led sequel would be ‘amazing’

Latest news

    Lupita Nyong'o and Letitia Wright in Black PantherImage copyright Marvel/Disney
    Image caption Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright played Nakia and Shuri in Coogler’s film

    The director of Black Panther has welcomed the idea of a sequel built around its strong female characters.

    Ryan Coogler’s hit superhero film drew praise for its depiction of highly capable African women who act as warriors, spies and gadget makers.

    Coogler said his film’s female stars could “easily carry their own movie” and that he would happily watch it.

    “If an opportunity like that came up, that would be amazing,” he told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival.

    More from Cannes:

    In Black Panther, a newly appointed king called T’Challa juggles his duties as king of a fictional African country with masked crime-fighting.

    He is assisted, and at one point has his life saved, by characters played by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and British newcomer Letitia Wright.

    “One of my favourite parts of my movie is where T’Challa is out of the picture and you’re following the women,” said Coogler.

    “I didn’t expect that. In that part of the movie, you feel you’re watching something fresh and new and exciting.”

    Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption Coogler was born in Oakland and studied at the USC Film School

    California native Coogler has already made 2013 drama Fruitvale Station and Rocky sequel Creed when he was approached by Marvel to direct Black Panther.

    The 31-year-old said he was surprised to go for a meeting with the comic book giant and be introduced to an African-American executive.

    “I didn’t know there were any black people working at Marvel,” he recalled saying to Nate Moore, Black Panther’s executive producer.

    “Oh no, there are plenty of us,” came Moore’s response.

    ‘Nothing to brag about’

    Coogler, the youngest film-maker to direct a Marvel feature, is also notable for having female directors of photography on all his feature films to date.

    Earlier this year Rachel Morrison, who worked on both Fruitvale Station and Black Panther, became the first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar.

    Image copyright Netflix
    Image caption Morrison was Oscar-nominated for her work on the film Mudbound

    Speaking on Thursday, though, Coogler insisted it was “not something to brag about” and that Morrison had been “the best DP he could get at the time”.

    “I thought I was getting someone amazing, but she turned out to be phenomenal in every way,” he said.

    The director also lavished praise on France’s Maryse Alberti, who was hired to shoot Creed after Morrison became pregnant.

    A sequel to Black Panther has yet to be announced, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege said last month he “definitely” wanted Coogler to direct it.

    Christopher Nolan and John Travolta are also giving talks during this year’s festival, which runs until 19 May.

    Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44077643

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44077643

    In the same category are

    Tesla ‘to be probed by regulators’ over privatisation plan Image copyright Getty Images Shares in Tesla have fallen 4% on reports that US regulators are seeking to question executives at the firm about its p...
    Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder suffers knee injury in training Kevin de Bruyne was Manchester City's player of the season in 2017-18Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne is having tests on a right knee injury suffere...
    Star Trek saga casts new Spock actor Ethan Peck Image copyright Getty Images/NBC Image caption Peck thanked Leonard Nimoy's family for their "warm welcome... and support" Three years on from Leo...
    Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack Image copyright EPA Image caption Teaching was under way when the bomb went off Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explo...
    Raheem Sterling: Silence over criticism is ‘shameful’, says Kick It Out chair Ian Wright says the media criticism of Raheem Sterling is 'tinged with racism'.There has been a "shameful silence" over ongoing criticism of Manchest...
    Six people injured by loose horse at Pembrokeshire Show At least six people have been knocked to the ground by a loose horse at the Pembrokeshire Show, according to an eyewitness. Medics are attending to pe...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.