Director Ryan Coogler nearly quits filmmaking after death of ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman
Ryan Coogler, the writer and director of the “Black Panther” films, says he almost fell out of the entertainment business after the death of his lead actor, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who played the title role in the 2018 Marvel Studios blockbuster “Black Panther”, died in August 2020 after a secret battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old.
“I was at a point when I was like, ‘I’m going to walk away from this business.’ I didn’t know if I could make another ‘Black Panther’ movie (leave) another movie period, because it hurt so much. I was like, ‘Man, how do I find myself feeling like this again? Can I open it?’ Coogler told the Entertainment Weekly website.
But it was his relationship with the late star and Black Panther’s importance as a character that prompted the director to give it another shot at filmmaking.
Coogler has frequently spoken about how Boseman, a philanthropist, was a guiding light for the cast and crew while working on the upcoming sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
“I was concentrating on a lot of their conversation, which I realized was the end of his life. I decided it made more sense to continue,” he said.