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Black Panther's Ryan Coogler to develop a Disney+ Wakanda series

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is headed back to Wakanda — not just in theaters, but on Disney+, too.

Disney announced Monday it has signed an exclusive five-year television deal with Coogler's production company, Proximity Media. Under that deal, he's set to develop "new television series," including one for Disney+ set in Black Panther's fictional kingdom of Wakanda.

Coogler said his production company is "working closely" with Marvel on "select [Marvel Cinematic Universe] shows for Disney+," adding that "we're already in the mix on some projects that we can't wait to share," while Disney executive chair Bob Iger praised Coogler as a "singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation." Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion at the box office in 2018, and in the United States, it's the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

This will be yet another Marvel series headed to Disney+. The first Disney+ show set in Marvel's film universe, WandaVision, debuted last month, and it's set to be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and more.

Details on what the Wakanda series will be about and who might star weren't announced, but it will also be another Black Panther project for Coogler, who is returning to direct the 2022 sequel Black Panther 2. Following the death of Chadwick Boseman, who starred as the titular Black Panther, Marvel has said there are no plans to recast his character, but details on how the sequel will deal with his absence have yet to be revealed.