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New BLACK PANTHER Trailer And Words From Director Ryan Coogler On Bond Influence

New BLACK PANTHER Trailer And Words From Director Ryan Coogler On Bond Influence

Guys, it seems like no amount of Black Panther publicity is going to be enough to satisfy Marvel, or anxious fans. A little over a month ahead of release, we are getting bombarded left and right with news of featurettes, albums, and more. The latest volley was another video about the making of the film released last night during the National Championship Game, as well as an extended interview with director Ryan Coogler, courtesy of Fandango, where he talks about the James Bond influence in the films as well as about the aforementioned album.

Check out first the new extended piece, which again focuses on the making of the film and the origin of the story. This one is called “RISE.” By now of course you know that the movie: “follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.”

By now you also know that “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis and will hit theaters February 16, 2018. It is directed by Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige of course.

Here are some of the things Coogler had to say in his most recent interview:

About the album: “It was initially my idea, but hats off to the Disney marketing team and the music team here for being completely open to it. I think that I was fortunate that I had a relationship with Top and Kendrick before signing on to do this film, but it was working with doing something that I really thought would be right for this project, specifically, and also happy that Disney was open to it and Marvel was open to it and seemed supportive of the idea. I can’t wait for the world to hear some of the art that they’ve been working on. I think that folks will be really excited to hear that stuff, man.”

About the Bond influence: “Yeah, definitely with James Bond. I think similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we’re definitely influenced by the films of the ’70s and influenced by crime fiction.”

And, on the evolution of the main character: “Well, the film will take place basically immediately after Civil War. In many ways, he’s the same guy. What I think is more important, and I was talking to my brother Keenan about it, who works with me, you get to see T’Challa at almost from a ground level. You get to see him and how he is around the people who he loves, how he is when he’s comfortable.

In Civil War, he was outside of Wakanda. He was in a place that he didn’t want to be and his father gets killed. The whole film, he’s on a mission. He’s a man on a mission. He’s tortured; he’s of few words. I think that that was something that made him appealing in that film. In this film, it’s the same guy, but you’re seeing all of the layers pulled back. The film’s from his perspective and he’s surrounded by people who he loves and cares for. It’s just a much more personal perspective on him. You see him go through the journey of taking on the greatest responsibility that a person can have, the responsibility of leading a country. You see him go through the full weight of that in the film.”

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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