Marvel is looking to bring yet another of its black superheroes to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, documentary filmmaker Mark Bailey has been hired to hammer out a script about T’Challa aka the Black Panther, the king of a resource-rich fictional African country who becomes a superhero. The project is produced by Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige.
The Black Panther first appeared in 1966 in an issue of a Fantastic Four comic and is widely considered the first black hero in mainstream comics. A movie version starring Wesley Snipes was first in development in the early 90s at Columbia Pictures. Snipes later went on to star in Blade, a film also based on a Marvel Comics character and one that’s credited for jump starting the current comic book movie boom. Continue reading