Black Panther: Ryan Coogler Talks Genre and the Kendrick Lamar Album

It was a first for Marvel when they announced that Kendrick Lamar would be producing an entire album of new music for the upcoming Black Panther. Fandango got to speak with director Ryan Coogler, who is just trying to focus on getting the movie done.

"I'm just grinding, trying to finish the movie, man," Coogler said. "It feels a little bit surreal that we're this close. I was actually just starting to think about [the fact that] in a few weeks time, we'll be sharing the film with folks."

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Coogler was asked about the original album and revealed that it was his idea to do an entire album of original music.

"Yeah, it was initially my idea, but hats off to the Disney marketing team and the music team here for being completely open to it. I think that I was fortunate that I had a relationship with Top and Kendrick before signing on to do this film, but it was working with doing something that I really thought would be right for this project, specifically, and also happy that Disney was open to it and Marvel was open to it and seemed supportive of the idea. I can't wait for the world to hear some of the art that they've been working on. I think that folks will be really excited to hear that stuff, man."

One of the things that makes the Marvel movies so fun is that they are all superhero movies while also taking on different genres. Black Panther already looks so different from other movies, but Coogler explains what its "sub genre" is going to be.

"I think it's got a lot of elements, man. I think it's a bit of an espionage thriller. I think it's a little bit of a family drama. It involves T'Challa working with his family, so I think there's a family-drawn element to it. He works with his sister, he works with his mother. He's dealing with the loss of his father, so similar to any film that deals with royalty, you have a family element and you have a political side, too. It works as a political drama as well."

We're getting our superhero secret agent, which is exactly what Coogler thinks, as well. We're bringing Bond to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Yeah, definitely with James Bond. I think similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we're definitely influenced by the films of the '70s and influenced by crime fiction."

Between the music, the cinematography, and the tone, this movie is looking so special.

Summary: T'Challa, 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.

Black Panther, directed Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman. It will be released on February 16th, 2018.

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