Ryan Coogler Soul

If you pay close attention during the closing credits of Pixar’s Soul, you’ll spot one name that may come as something of a surprise: Ryan Coogler. The director of Black Panther and Creed was never announced as part of the creative team for this film, so what did he do to earn a “special thanks” credit in Pixar’s newest movie? We spoke with the filmmakers behind the movie and asked them that very question, and they explained the Ryan Coogler Soul connection. Learn the answer below. Read More »

Black Panther 2 filming in july

In the wake of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman‘s surprising and tragic death, we assumed that Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler would put the planned Black Panther 2 on the back burner while they grieved and figured out the best way to move forward with the sequel to the billion dollar hit.

But apparently they’ve already figured things out – or at least to such a degree that a production start date has already been set. A new report says that Black Panther 2 will begin filming in July 2021, just four months after its initial planned production start. And not only that, but the movie has also found an actor to play one of its villains.
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Marvel Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Since the shocking news of Chadwick Boseman passing away was announced on Friday, endless tributes have been posted online, not just from fans around the world, but from his fellow actors and actresses, as well as the filmmakers who have worked with him. No one knows the hard work that Chadwick Boseman put into his career better than Marvel Studios, the filmmakers of Black Panther, and the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See how they all remember Chadwick Boseman below. Read More »

bitter root movie

Ryan Coogler is lending his talents to another comic book property. Legendary has tapped Coogler to produce a Bitter Root movie along with Zinzi Evans and Sev Ohanian. The film is based on the Image Comics series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown, which focuses on a family of monster hunters living during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Trailer

There have been plenty of documentaries shining a light on the various facets of filmmaking, but one that we’ve yet to see covered extensively is sound design. That’s about to change with Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, a new documentary focusing on sound designers and the work they do to bring a film to life through the audio that accompanies the moving images we see on the screen.

In Making Waves, filmmakers like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and Ryan Coogler talk abut the importance of great sound design in their movies. Through the film, we get to meet some of the best sound designers in the business, such as Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan), and get an inside look at how they are an invaluable part of the cinematic process. Watch the Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound trailer below. Read More »

Space Jam 2

After years of development, it looked like Space Jam 2 was gaining steam once NBA superstar LeBron James officially signed on last year to star in and produce the sequel to the 1996 film. However, it seems like Space Jam 2 will be sidelined for a little longer as producer Ryan Coogler teams up with Searching co-writer Sev Ohanian to pen a Space Jam 2 rewrite while James negotiates a sneaker contract that may prevent NBA stars from showing up in the film entirely.

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Jesus Was My Homeboy

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, who played W’Kabi in Marvel Studios’ mega-hit superhero film Black Panther, may soon star in a different type of Black Panther movie for Ryan Coogler.

Kaluuya and his fellow Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield are in talks to star in Jesus Was My Homeboy, a drama that tells the true story of Fred Hampton, a Black Panther revolutionary and activist who was assassinated in 1969. Coogler is set to produce, and you can learn more about the new project below. Read More »

Scooby-Doo - Director's Roundtable Discussion

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie from 2002 that has driven some people crazy. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a roundtable with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller and Bradley Cooper, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson team up to hijack a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Read More »

Black Panther ending

Black Panther‘s ending is one of the most impactful conclusions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, but it’s a good thing those productions build several days of reshoots into their process, because the entire ending was reworked at the last minute.

Read more about the original Black Panther ending and how co-writer/director Ryan Coogler took inspiration from The Godfather to craft a new finale for the film. Read More »

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michael shawver interview

Editor Michael Shawver first met Ryan Coogler nearly eight years ago. They were both film students at the University of Southern California and shared a passion for films about important issues, basketball, and Batman. Impressed by Coogler’s short films that he had directed in class, Shawver suggested that they team up, and the pair have been basically inseparable ever since — working together on all of Coogler’s major films, from Fruitvale Station, to Creed, and finally, to Black Panther. As Coogler’s star has risen, the director’s partnership with star and muse Michael B. Jordan has been feverishly written about, but less so has Coogler and Shawver’s long and trusting partnership.

“We absolutely do [have a shorthand],” Shawver told me in an interview on Black Panther on the heels of the Marvel film’s Critics’ Choice Award nominations. “We can kind of tell just by knowing each other. So I’ll do what I can to protect him and vice versa.”

Shawver and Coogler have rapidly risen in the industry since they were making short student films eight years ago. Now their latest collaboration Black Panther, the critically acclaimed pop culture behemoth that Shawver co-edited with Debbie Berman, gathers more awards buzz by the minute. There’s even talk about it getting a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. But Shawver is trying not to think about that.

“Just the thought that I’d have this tiny, minute piece of my voice in this movie and at least be a vessel for how this movie gets out there, is honestly the reward,” Shawver said. We talked about his and Coogler’s long journey to Wakanda, and where they look to go from here. Plus Shawver reveals the hardest scene he had to edit in Black Panther, and how it beget one of the standout moments of the film (Hint: “Hi Auntie.”)

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