Movie Talk: ‘Black Panther’ to Be Co-Written by Ryan Coogler; ‘Jungle Book 2’ Announced

     April 12, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (April 12th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp and Kristian Harloff discuss the following:

  • Russo Brothers tease Chris Pratt’s Starlord for Infinity War
  • Daisy Ridley talks Rey’s parents and debunks Rogue One theory
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Underrated comedies of the last decade
  • Who would be in a live action Simpsons movie?


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Early word out of the critics and industry screening of Captain America: Civil War says that there’s a lot to get excited about in the movie, especially with the debut of Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa, aka Black Panther. Though fans will finally get to meet Boseman’s Black Panther when Civil War hits theaters next month, his solo film is now gearing up production with Creed’s Ryan Coogler set to direct. While speaking to Kevin Feige for Captain America: Civil War, Collider.con’s own Haleigh Foutch asked about the status of the Black Panther script, with Feige responding that not only is Coogler directing, he is also co-writing, as he did with his other projects Creed and Fruitvale Station. On the process of starting production Feige said they are starting very soon and a number of writers, including Ryan Coogler, are working on the script. They will begin filming next year.

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book doesn’t hit theaters until this weekend and already there is a sequel in development. According to THR, Disney is in talks with director Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks to return for The Jungle Book 2. Their plan is to utilize the various stories written by Rudyard Kipling to adapt into the next chapter. No word yet if any of the A-list voice talent will be returning for the sequel but sources say that most likely, everyone will be back if the story calls for it. Disney’s live action The Jungle Book hits theatres this Friday.



Image via Warner Bros.

A first look at Kong: Skull Island came during the MTV Movie Awards with a new behind-the-scenes video giving us a brief preview of the King Kong reboot. Kings of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts took on the blockbuster for the studio enlisting an ensemble of A-list actors led by Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston. Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins also star with Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Thomas Mann, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson, and John C. Reilly. Kong: Skull Island takes place in the 70s during the Vietnam era, with Hiddleston playing a former British SAS officer and Larson playing a photojournalist. The two lead a team to the undiscovered Skull Island where they come face to face with none other than King Kong. Warner Bros. has already set plans in motion to cross this franchise with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in an epic monster-on-monster fight slated for release in 2020. But first, Kong: Skull Island will open in theaters March 10, 2017.

The Russo brothers are making the tour of press promoting their latest Captain America: Civil War and in speaking with news outlets, the subject of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a hot topic, naturally, with many wondering how Civil War set’s up their next directing project – Avengers: Infinity War. During a conversation with directors Joe and Anthony Russo teased a lot of Marvel players with one being a particularly interesting one, namely Chris Pratt’s Starlord. During the interview, they were asked what characters they’re looking forward to working with that they haven’t already. According to Anthony Russo, the movies are a culmination of everything that’s happened in the MCU and they are a big fan of what James Gunn has done and Star-Lord is a fantastic character. He also said that Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so they are very excited.


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At the recent MTV Movie Awards, Star Wars the Force Awakens took home a number of awards including one for Daisy Ridley’s character of Rey. Afterwards, in an interview on the red carpet, MTV correspondent Josh Horowitz asked Daisy about her thoughts on the trailer for Rogue One which quickly turned to the fan’s theories of Felicity Jones’ character being Rey’s mother. Daisy debunked the theory immediately saying that just because they look alike does not mean they are related. When the subject of Rey’s parents came up, Daisy said that she does in fact know who Rey’s parents are and that it doesn’t matter, putting stress on the fact that her character is finding her place in Episode VIII rather than searching through her past.

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The Jungle Book – Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.


Isaiah Belcher writes:

Hey Collider! What would you say are some of the most underrated comedies of the past decade? I would go with I Love You Man with Paul Rudd and Jason Segal. 

D’Erikius Dawson writes: 

Hey collider,

I have a quick question, if the Simpsons made a movie with real actors, who do you think would be a good Homer Simpson?

P.S. I think Schnepp will be a great comic book guy in the movie



Image via Walt Disney

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