Ryan Coogler spoke about the difficulties in manufacturing Black Panther: Wakanda forever after the death of Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman played T’Challa the Black Panther in the first film as well as several other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In August 2020, he died of colon cancer at the age of 43 – an event that left him Black Panther Castmates devastated and without the lead in their planned sequel.
Coogler, who co-wrote and directed Black Panther and the follow-up film, released in November, has spoken about “being uncomfortable” with continuing the story without Boseman.
Speaking at the David Lean Lecture at Bafta on Monday (December 12), he said: “I was a starless director who was commissioned to make a film about a hero when we had just lost ours .
“So the question was, what happens when your existence, your identity has been defined by another person and you lose it?
“That question motivated us to complete the film.”
In the two weeks following its release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned half a billion dollars in the US, making it one of the highest-grossing theatrical releases of the year.
Though Coogler’s films have garnered multiple awards, including a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, the director also admitted that he often struggles with self-doubt.
“I feel like I’m in a place right now that maybe I shouldn’t be,” he said of the Bafta presentation. “It’s a feeling I’ve grown accustomed to over the course of my life and career.”
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He went on to explain that experiences with “no” throughout his career have encouraged him to avoid being rejected.
“I still struggle with doubts every day… I’ve dealt with disappointments, man, how big time, and… being a filmmaker means accepting rejection.
“For every single acceptance letter, I’ve received hundreds of no-thanks from actors … and studios.”
You can read The Independent‘s review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever here.
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