Black Panther 2: There Have Been 5 Versions of the Script, Angela Bassett Says
With the untimely death of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman last August, countless questions arose about the direction the Wakandan’s story would take. Actress Angela Bassett who played King T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, has told Entertainment Tonight that Black Panther 2’s script has gone through “about five incarnations” and is still going through changes even as production began in June.
“I don’t know what it’s going to look like at all,” Bassett told Entertainment Tonight about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. “There have been about five incarnations of the script and I hear another one’s coming.”
“Of course, with our dear king [Boseman] going on to glory, a lot of things had to be shifted and changed,” Bassett continued. “So, thankfully, [director] Ryan [Coogler] and [writer] Joe Robert Cole, they’re just such masterful storytellers that they’ve found a way into this world and hopefully it will be satisfying, I think, for the fans and it will be honorable of our Chad. We love our king.”
While the circumstances of Black Panther 2 are fairly unique for a major franchise that was just revving up for its second installment, it’s worth noting that script changes are a common occurrence in Hollywood productions, even as filming progresses.
A more humorous example is the supposed nude scene written for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Scriptwriter Phillipa Boyens wrote the scene after actors Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan became known for frequently playing jokes on the set. Script changes can also arise after production members depart a project, as is the case on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness, or with Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
It remains to be seen how Black Panther 2 will acknowledge the loss of Boseman, and who will fill his role as the Wakandan superhero. What we do know is that a Black Panther 2 producer has confirmed that there will be no sort of cameo from Boseman, including any possibility of digitally recreating Boseman ala Star Wars’ recreations of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher.
In the meantime, Disney is absolutely expanding the world of Wakanda. A Wakanda TV series is coming to Disney Plus, with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media, and Danai Gurira’s Okoye returning.
Just don’t expect to hear anything about Marvel at this year’s [email protected] event, as Marvel has confirmed it won’t be participating.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/punch-up for IGN.
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