The show must go on, as they say. Following the unexpected and surprising death of Chadwick Boseman, it is harder for Ryan Cogler, director of the Black Panther movie, to move on. After six months of Boseman's death, Cogler has declared in a recent interview how his personal and professional life merged and how it affected him in both aspects of his life.
“I’m still currently going through it,” Coogler said. “One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this Earth is that it’s very difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it. This is one of the more profound things that I’ve gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who is like the glue who held it together.”
The Oscar-contender director for 'Judas and the Black Messiah' declared he is working to reach a balance in his life “You have a professional life, you’ve got a personal life,” the director said. “Personal life, I’m going to say that when you work in something that you love, those things blend, they come together. I’m trying to find a work-life balance. But I’m not there yet, so this is without a question the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my professional life.”
Although losing someone near you is quite sad, Ryan Cogler also declared he is motivated to expand Chadwick Boseman's legacy. “This one hurts and stings, but it’s also incredibly motivating. I’m incredibly sad to lose him but I’m also incredibly motivated that I got to spend time with him. You spend your life hearing about people like him. For this individual, who is an ancestor now, I was there for it. It’s such an incredible privilege that fills you up as much as it knocks you out. So often as Black people, we have to pick up the pieces after loss.”
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said: “To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.” Boseman died of cancer at 43 last August. Feige confirmed that the role of King T'Challa will not be recast in the highly anticipated sequel, nor will a CGI version of Boseman be used.
Black Panther 2 is expected to arrive on July 8, 2022.