'Black Panther' Movie Finds Its Writer

The screenwriter comes from Marvel’s in-house writers program.
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The screenwriter comes from Marvel’s in-house writers program.

Joe Robert Cole is in negotiations to write the Black Panther movie for Marvel, THR has confirmed.

Cole is a relative newcomer who comes from Marvel’s in-house writers program, the same program from which Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman originated. He is also a writer on FX's American Crime Story and worked on Revoc, an alien invasion project that is set up at Summit/Lionsgate.

Black Panther will be Marvel's first feature film that focuses on a superhero of color and has Chadwick Boseman attached to star as T'Challa, the prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who must assume leadership after his father's murder.

The project does not have a director attached. Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay was offered the film to direct, but turned the project down, and the producers are now focused on the script before seeking out another filmmaker.

In other Black Panther news, The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, was announced as the writer for the relaunch of the comic book series. 

Cole is represented by CAA and Circle of Confusion.