Ryan Coogler, The Black Panther writer and director, he almost abandoned the cinema after the death of Chadwick Boseman.
“I got to a point where I thought, ‘I’m out of this business,'” Coogler said. entertainment weekly In an interview. “I didn’t know if I could do another movie period, [let alone] other Black Panther movie, because it hurt a lot. I was like, ‘Man, how could I ever open up to feel like this again?’”
Following Boseman’s death in August 2020, Coogler recalled all the moments he shared with Boseman and how much the Marvel character meant to him.
“I was poring over a lot of our conversations that we had, toward what I realized was the end of his life,” Coogler added. “I decided it made more sense to move on.”
Now, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a reality and the film was made in honor of Boseman’s legacy and the director mentioned that they never thought of playing T’Challa again.
“It’s my job as a filmmaker to do things that I have personal integrity with,” Coogler said. “If I don’t believe in what I’m doing, it’s going to be hard for me to get other people to do their best work. For them to do their best work, they have to believe in it. At the end of the day, the decisions we make have to ring true to me. When filmmakers do things that don’t seem true to them, you can feel it. And I will argue that those projects have no chance of working.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11.