Joe Robert Cole Nearing Deal to Write Marvel’s Black Panther

According to The Wrap, Marvel is near a deal to sign Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story) to direct Black Panther.  Here’s what that site had to say on the report:

“Cole has been part of Marvel’s in-house writer’s program, which counts “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman among its alumni.

He has been rumored to have taken a crack at an “Inhumans” script for Marvel, but either way, he is not currently involved with that project and if a draft was indeed written, it is not expected to be used by the studio.

Given that “Black Panther” is Marvel’s first major superhero of color, the studio is intent on making diverse hires to write and direct the comic book movie.

Cole is an African-American filmmaker who previously wrote and directed the 2011 indie thriller “Amber Lake” and worked on Summit/Lionsgate’s alien invasion project “Revoc.”

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It was previously rumored that F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) was a possibility to direct the film, but now that he’s in negotiations to helm Fast and Furious 8 that is highly unlikely.  According to online sources, following the public attempt to bring in Selma director Ava DuVernay to direct Marvel has decided to wait until they have a script before shopping for future directors.

I’ll reiterate my stance that hiring a “person of color” or a female director to direct/write a movie about an African superhero or female superhero is nonsense.  Cole is a very capable writer and a solid choice to pen the screenplay based on that merit and not the color of his skin.  That should not be a criteria for being hired.  I don’t want to take away from this announcement because Black Panther has the potential to be a very exciting movie and a great addition to the Marvel Universe.

Black Panther is set to arrive in US theaters July 6, 2018.


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