With the release (and subsequent smashing success) of The Avengers, Marvel Studios completed “Phase One” of their feature film slate. While the entirety of Phase Two has yet to be mapped out, we know that it definitely includes the in-production Iron Man 3, and the soon-to-begin-production Thor 2 and Captain America 2. Marvel president Kevin Feige recently revealed that there are two unannounced films currently in development at the studio. The Avengers 2 is a forgone conclusion, but we’ve heard rumblings of a number of other films that may or may not be close to the finish line in the development process.
Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has had a well-publicized development and could very well be close to production, and Feige has dropped hints about Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans feature films. However, a trusted source now claims that one of those two unannounced films is Black Panther. Hit the jump for more.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 20th, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Marvel Studios has hired Mark Bailey to pen the script for its long-gestating Black Panther film. While Bailey is certainly not an obvious choice, his writing background on HBO documentaries such as Pandemic: Facing AIDS and the Emmy-award-winning Ghosts of Abu Ghraib suggests that he may be capable of making a hard-hitting adaptation of the first mainstream African-American comic book hero.
In addition to Black Panther, Bailey has also adapted the Monte Reel novel The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon for which Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is attached to direct. As for Black Panther, prior to this latest iteration, the film was in development at Columbia in the early 90′s with Wesley Snipes attached to star in what Heat Vision describes as an “Indiana Jones-style adventure.” The property then spent a little time at Artisan Entertainment before reverting back to Marvel in 2005. For those interested, you can hit the jump to check out a little more on the comic book character in question.
Though the title will likely be shortened, Clockstone Pictures plans to adapt the Monte Reel non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, which was released just last month. Variety reports that Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is on tap to direct from a script by Mark Bailey, who also serves as producer. With Liman’s Three Musketeers adaptation currently on ice, Epic Quest may compete with the extraterrestrial Groundhog Day-esque All You Need is Kill to be his follow-up to the Sean Penn/Naomi Watts political thriller Fair Game.
In the book, Washington Post correspondent Reel examines “a lone Indian, a tribe of one, hidden in the forests of southwestern Brazil.” Hit the jump for a full synopsis.