Heat Vision reports that Marvel has hired Mark Bailey to write the script for a Black Panther movie. Bailey has a background in documentaries but his latest project is a feature adaptation of the non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon which Doug Liman is attached to direct.
Black Panther first appeared in the pages of the Fantastic Four comic in 1966 and is considered the first black hero in mainstream comics. Wesley Snipes was attached to play the character in a movie for Columbia in the 90s but it never got off the ground. Now Marvel are in the early stages of finally getting a Black Panther movie made.
Here’s a run-down of his abilities from Wikipedia for those not familiar with the character:
The title “Black Panther” is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb, as well as his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther god, that grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic.
His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey’s scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones. T’Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
In the comics Black Panther’s main love interest was Storm from the X-Men, but as 20th Century Fox has the rights to the X-Men characters it’s unlikely she will appear in this movie.
Black Panther joins an ever-growing list of movies Marvel has in development. Dr. Stranger and Iron Fist are currently in the scripting stage, and Runaways was recently delayed so that Marvel could focus on The Avengers.