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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


The Hollywood Reporter also adds that Coogler took a more considered and unconventional approach to closing his deal, stating:

Typically, a filmmaker is more than willing to quickly sign on for a follow-up and a studio is eager to snap up a key piece of talent in the lead-up to or right after a successful opening. But Coogler's camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago.

Black Panther was both a commercial and critical success, grossing $1.3 billion globally since its release in February. Disney Studios is currently carrying out a campaign for the film to be considered for 16 Oscars categories, despite superhero films often being overlooked by the Academy.

Many fans online have expressed excitement about the upcoming sequel. Check out some Twitter reactions below.








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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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