Undeniably, the comic book series Black Panther would translate spectacularly to the big screen. Apparently Marvel is of the same opinion. This movie idea has been tossed around the table for decades now, and finally it looks to be within reach of coming to fruition.
Marvel Studios is again considering bringing the T’Challa, king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, to the life for mass audiences through the production of a movie. According to hollywoodreporter.com, Marvel Sudios producer Kevin Feige has hired on documentary writer Mark Bailey to begin the screenwriting of this project. Perhaps hiring a documentary writer for a comic book movie is an odd choice. Perhaps not. Bailey is author of films such as The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, Pandemic: Facing AIDS, and Ghost of Abu Ghraib.
This is the story of an African country who wishes for nothing more than isolationism. They refuse to get involved with the dramatic problems of the outside world, and by this policy they have flourished. In the comic books, until recently, their fierce warriors have never been defeated when other larger and mightier countries have tried to take their land and valuable natural resources by force. This is in particular thanks to their king who, generation after generation, also takes the title role of the Black Panther. Aside from being the personal protector of Wakanda, this superhero has also been an active member of the Avengers. Current Black Panther T’Challa is notably also the husband of the x-man Storm (though it is doubtful that this part of his story will be part of the movie).
As mentioned above, this isn’t the first time that Marvel has considered making Black Panther into a movie. In the 90’s this movie was in production and set to star Wesley Snipes. Though the deal never completely went through, the idea for the movie never left the table.
To see a bit about what Black Panther is about, check out this trailer for the motion comic DVD, which came out January 18, 2011.