‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Didn’t Want To Make Movies After Chadwick Boseman’s Death
Written by Site Hub on October 5, 2022
As ‘Black Panther II: Wakanda Forever’ vastly approaches, Director Ryan Coogler recently opened up about losing the desire to make films after his close friend Chadwick Boseman passed away in 2020 from an aggressive form of colon cancer.
Coogler stated: “I was at a point when I was like, ‘I’m walking away from this business. I didn’t know if I could make another movie, period, [let alone] another Black Panther movie, because it hurt a lot. I was like, ‘Man, how could I open myself up to feeling like this again? I was pouring over a lot of our conversations that we had towards what I realized was the end of his life. I decided that it made more sense to keep going….It’s my job as a filmmaker to do things that I have personal integrity with. If I don’t believe in what I’m doing, I’m going to have a hard time getting other people to do their best work. For them to do their best work, they have to believe in it. At the end of the day, the choices we make have to feel truthful to me. When filmmakers make things that don’t feel truthful to them, you can feel it. And I will argue that those projects don’t have a shot at working.”