Marvel Puts Black Panther Movie Back Into Play, Hires Screenwriter

Marvel’s Black Panther is back in development, Heat Vision reports, with the studio hiring documentary writer Mark Bailey to pen the adaptation.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Black Panther debuted in July 1966′s Fantastic Four #52. The king of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, T’Challa has been a member of the Avengers and the star of four ongoing series — most recently Black Panther: The Man Without Fear, in which he becomes the new protector of Hell’s Kitchen — but his move toward the big screen has been long stalled.

Talk of a Black Panther movie began as early as 1992, when Wesley Snipes announced interest in portraying the character in an Indiana Jones-style franchise. Development bogged down first at Columbia Pictures and then at Artisan Entertainment, all the while with Snipes still attached (as recently as 2002). But in 2005 Marvel reacquired the Black Panther license from Lionsgate, which bought Artisan two years earlier.

In 2009 the character was named among the lesser-known properties for which Marvel was reportedly hiring screenwriters to develop in creative (and less-expensive) ways.

As Heat Vision notes, Bailey, with his background in documentaries, is an unusual choice for Black Panther. He wrote the 2003 HBO documentary Pandemic: Facing AIDS, and worked as story editor on 2007′s Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and A Boy’s Life.

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  • the Prowler

    Idris Elba.

  • Lex Combs

    I’d rather see Idris Elba as Blade in a reboot, someone who is actually African should play the Black Panther like Djimon Honshou or AAA.

  • Mak

    I don’t know about the writer. Someone who has no film experience writing for Black panther tels me it’s going to suck. Marvel is going cheap with this so they’re going to get someone who IS cheap to play the lead. I doubt it will be Idris Elba. Djimon Honshou is TOO old. AAA might be a good choice but he’s getting up there in age. They’ll either go with him or someone who is young African who is fairly unknown or not just go with a brit.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Who’s “AAA”?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Yeah, it’s the day of bad/odd news about movie projects. I mean, two people who work on documentaries to write a) a comic book movie b) a Hitchcock biopic. Odd.

  • Shinhakkaider

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • VJackson

    Idris Elba. Period. After that: Eamonn Walker or Chiwetel Ejiofor or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Not really sold on Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Although I did like Lock-Nah in Mummy 2.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Ecko from Lost).

  • JMC

    Last I heard Chris Evans was a serious contender for the role. Marvel Studios want to cast him in everything based on the heat around Captain America. They are citing the make up process from “Tropic Thunder” as a way for Evans to convincingly portray T’Challa. It could work!

  • JMC

    Last I heard Chris Evans was a serious contender for the role. Marvel Studios want to cast him in everything based on the heat around Captain America. They are citing the make up process from “Tropic Thunder” as a way for Evans to convincingly portray T’Challa. It could work!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Thanks! (never watched LOST though)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Thanks! (never watched LOST though)

  • Anonymous

    Negroplasty?

    Believe it or not the Punisher also underwent such a procedure before.

  • Anonymous

    Negroplasty?

    Believe it or not the Punisher also underwent such a procedure before.

  • Rey Leopard

    Black Panther is one of my favorite characters so I hope this reaches the screen and turns out to be great! I agree with those saying Idris Elba.

  • Rey Leopard

    Black Panther is one of my favorite characters so I hope this reaches the screen and turns out to be great! I agree with those saying Idris Elba.

  • Kurumais

    idris is one big scary guy. have you seen luthor? if he isnt panther he could be killmonger

  • the Prowler

    I did see Luther, yes – great show! And you’re right, in some way Idris Elba would be even better as Erik Killmonger (or Kiber the Cruel!).

    But personally, I think Idris Elba is way too charismatic and talented an actor to be relegated to playing second fiddle to some probably much blander, safer actor. That’s why I’m really rooting for him to play either Black Panther or Luke Cage: I think he could add a level of menace to either character.

  • Leon King

    Micheal Jai White should get the role of the black panther. He has the voice, the built, and has the physical body for the panther suit.

  • Leon King

    I would love the chance to work on the The Black Panther Movie or a chance to help write the script. I know more about the Marvel characters from having grown up reading them as a kid and still reading them.

  • Cid Phoenix

    Eijofor or Jai White for T”Challa!!!