Since Marvel’s first Black Panther movie hit theaters it was praised across the board for telling one of the deepest superhero stories ever. The creation of the movie made many people wish that they could pack their bags and head for Wakanda. Well, it turns out that Wakanda is being created in Georgia. A state that recently has passed laws that in many respects make it harder for people to vote, and primarily minorities.
Today as a guest columnist on Deadline the director of the film Ryan Coogler says the film is going to continue to be shot in Georgia. That doesn’t mean for one second that they’ll be ignoring the fight for social justice.
Other movies such as “Emancipation”, the story of a runaway slave starring Will Smith did decide
to pack up and move the production of the film to another state because of the recent law change. Ryan Coogler gave his reasons as to why Black Panther was staying put. The director mentioned,
” I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia.”
One of the reasons that the production of the “Emancipation” movie hinted at was important in their decision to leave the state was the fact that the movie would have generated a source of revenue for the state.
This is pretty much the same reason that Coogler is pointing towards but from a different angle. At the end of the day, if any business or event would no longer take place in the state as a form of protest the people of Georgia who are feeling the impact of the law change would also be out of a job.
For Coogler staying in Georgia is not just a way to help the people working in the production keep their jobs. He mentioned that he plans to personally donate to an organization called Fair Fight Action. Also, seeking to educate people on what they are going to have to do to vote if the bill ultimately stays in place. Another part of the statement reads,
“I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground.”
When it comes to the actually story for months now it had been reported that Black Panther II would not require a re-cast of the late Chadwick Boseman’s character King T’Challa. The production had mentioned that the sequel would explore other characters in the film franchise. While, not contemplating a re-cast of the lead role.
Recently though fans have started a push to have the studio re-cast the character. Arguing that doing so would allow the franchise to continue and serve as a better legacy for Boseman as well. For now, it seems Black Panther II will not feature a new T’Challa.