Ryan Coogler Reveals Chadwick Boseman’s Death Almost Made Him Quit Directing

Ryan Coogler knows as well as anyone involved in the Black Panther franchise that it goes on without Chadwick Boseman was no easy task.

Coogler directed the 2018 film; He returned to write and direct the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which hits theaters November 11. Boseman played the title character King T’Challa. He and Coogler had already been talking about the future of Wakanda films when the actor died in 2020 after a private battle with cancer.

Chadwick Boseman (L) and Ryan Coogler (R). Photo: @chadwickboseman/Instagram

News of the acclaimed actor’s death caused heartfelt feelings of loss and sadness among those who admired his work and experienced the joy of working with him. The Fruitvale Station director said his struggle with Boseman’s death made him think about the future of his own career.

“I was at a point where I was like, ‘I’m leaving this business. I didn’t know if I could do another movie period, another Black Panther movie,” Coogler said in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. He added that the loss “hurt a lot. I was like, ‘Man, how did I open myself up to feelings like this again?’ “

But while revisiting old interviews with Boseman about the mythical world of Wakanda, Coogler found the spark he needed to prepare for the Black Panther sequel. “I’ve been reflecting on a lot of the conversations we’ve had towards what I realized was the end of his life. I decided it made more sense to move on.”

Actress Letitia Wright portrays T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri in the films. In the past, she revealed that the ’42’ actor’s voice gave her the strength to keep going through some of the more challenging moments on set while filming the sequel. “I could only hear [Boseman] be like, ‘Sister, you’re awesome. You can do this. I’m proud of you.’ That really pushed me forward,” she told PEOPLE last month.

Marvel’s decision not to recast the Black Panther meant the film had to face the loss of its king head-on. Coogler and the cast have all said that the film pays tribute to T’Challa while recognizing Boseman’s legacy.

“The film is very much about moving forward while dealing with a tragic loss,” said producer Nate Moore. He continued, “All of the characters, both old and new, engage in emotional and surprising ways with how loss can affect your actions.”

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