‘Black Panther’ Cinematographer May Not Return For Sequel

Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison has revealed that she may not be able to return for the upcoming Marvel sequel.

Black Panther was one of 2018’s biggest hits, grossing over $1.3B worldwide , earned a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and becoming the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture. While Black Panther’s dusting in Avengers: Infinity War may have caused some to question whether or not a sequel would happen, his return in Avengers: Endgame insured that the film would not be the last time we see an adventure take place in Wakanda. Unfortunately, this adventure may have to go on without the first film’s cinematographer.

Rachel Morrison was in the middle of making her feature-length directorial debut with Flint Strong when the coronavirus sadly caused the entirety of Hollywood to effectively shut down. While speaking to The Playlist, Morrison revealed that the plan was to wrap up the film before heading on to work on Black Panther 2 but the film’s production dates may make this impossible:

“I was supposed to deliver my movie and then a few months later hop on to ‘Black Panther 2.’ Now, there might be some issue of those overlapping. Ryan and I talk regularly. He called me up cause he had a dream a few ago that he was three weeks into production and this male DP comes out holding a camera and he’s like, ‘That’s not my DP. Where the f*** is Rachel?’

If we had gone back in September (on Flint Strong), I think we could make it, but now it’s a bit of a moment of truth for everyone to realize if my movie is definitely going back in January that I probably won’t be able to do ‘Panther,’ which is devastating to me. If we can’t go back in January and we get pushed into fall of next year, maybe I can do ‘Panther.’”

What do you all make of Morrison’s words? Are you sad to hear that she may not be available for Black Panther 2? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Here is the plot synopsis for Black Panther:

Marvel Studios “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mantle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Black Panther is now available on Digitial HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Black Panther and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content.

Source: The Playlist

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