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Ryan Coogler Has Closed a Deal to Direct 'Black Panther 2' & Folks Are Pretty Excited About It

It's really happening.

It's official—Ryan Coogler, the prolific writer and director behind the mega-hit Black Panther has signed a deal to write and direct the film's sequel.

Though it was understood that there would most likely be a sequel, given the Black Panther's immense box office success, details about the sequel remained scarce. It's now been confirmed that the filmmaker "quietly" closed a deal some time ago, and is expected to begin writing the movie next year with plans to begin production in late 2019 or 2020, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

READ: Ryan Coogler Talks the Making of 'Black Panther' With OkayAfrica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Here are the 16 Categories 'Black Panther' Is Campaigning for at the 2019 Oscars

Disney is going all in to get 'Black Panther' some Oscar nominations.

Disney really wants Black Panther to take home major awards at the upcoming Oscars and they're sparring no expense to make it happen.

Last month, the studio hired an official Oscar strategist and announced that it would be campaigning for a coveted 'Best Picture' nomination, despite the creation of the 'Best Popular Film' category, which was done away with last week after the Academy came to the realization that it was a really bad idea.

Now that Black Panther no longer runs the risk of being awarded a mere consolation prize based on its massive box office success, Disney has formally launched a page for its "For Your Consideration" campaign, consisting of 16 categories that the studio is making a play for.

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Marvel Is Pushing for 'Black Panther' to Win 'Best Picture' Despite Oscar's New 'Popular Film' Category

The studio wants 'Black Panther' to become its first Oscar-winning movie, and is putting major support behind making it happen.

Despite the Academy's introduction of the "Best Popular Film" Oscar category, Marvel Studios is still pushing for Back Panther to earn the coveted "Best Picture" title at the 2019 Oscars.

The decision to create the "Best Popular Film" category earlier this month fell under scrutiny by many critics that felt it was a mere consolation prize, intended as a pat on the back for mainstream, commercially successful films like Black Panther, which the Academy deems not quite worthy enough of earning "Best Picture"—the biggest award of the night.

Disney Studios, however, is making major moves to ensure that Black Panther has a fair chance of taking home the award. According to the LA Times, the studio has hired Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to create a campaign for the record-shattering super hero film—the third highest grossing movie of all time in the US—and has put significant funding behind the campaign.

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