“Black Panther” was a global success doesn’t mean Michael B. Jordan, aka Erik Killmonger, is losing any steam.
As per a Variety exclusive, the actor is
reportedly on board to produce the World War II action-drama “The Liberators” through his Outlier Society Productions with Safehouse Pictures.
The project’s script was written by Madison Turner and follows the
761st Tank Battalion in World War II ― an entirely African-American combat unit who, by federal law at the time, were not permitted to serve alongside white troops. Their efforts in the war ultimately led to President Harry S. Truman desegregating the armed forces.
Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson was one of the men who served in the 761st Battalion, though he never saw combat overseas. What’s more is that the battalion’s insignia featured a black panther, and “Black Panthers” was the group’s nickname. Their motto: “Come out fighting.”
Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
wrote a book about the battalion in 2005.
Whether or not Jordan will star in the period film is not yet known. Jordan is currently slated to star as
Guy Montag in HBO’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, which he also produced. Also on HuffPost Ryan Coogler
"Black Panther" is the third film Coogler has directed, following "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed." The 31-year-old Oakland native told the
San Francisco Chronicle
that he used his own struggles with his cultural identity and desperate need for positive representation of Africa on screen as fuel for this project.
“You see media that can make you feel ashamed to be African. They can make it feel like it’s a shameful thing,” Coogler said. “I think it’s not. For me, the biggest thing on this was making this awesome, globe-trotting political thriller that just happens to be about Africans. It’s the best way to accomplish that goal and that’s what Marvel was interested in doing — that’s what I was interested in doing.”
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Beachler, the film's production director, built the nation of Wakanda. Beachler, who also worked on Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade," said she looked at the work of modern architects who designed on the continent as well as traditional aspects of the diaspora.
"I drew from a lot of different places, I think, and keeping the tradition involved in the aesthetic and the design language was of the utmost importance, because it’s about black representation, the black future and agency using architecture and history and science and myth and biomimetics, and biomorphosis, and all of that went into the design," she told
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Joe Robert Cole is the co-writer behind "Black Panther." Along with Coogler, Cole drew inspiration and themes from the continent of Africa and infused them into the fictional nation of Wakanda.
“For so long there was a limited pool of people who had the opportunity to tell stories so that limited the perspective of the story being told. I think there is a fatigue with that perspective,” Cole told
. “This is a movie that steps out of that in an amazing way. There’s a hunger for new lenses on the world, new ways of seeing stories. We spoke from our perspective."
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Carter, a legendary costume designer who's worked on dozens of classic films, is the mastermind behind the film's wardrobe. She found inspiration from tribes on the continent -- including the Maasai, the Dogon and the Chakana -- and put an Afrofuturistic twist on the costumes.
"We wanted to honor [culture and tradition] in this futuristic way and a lot of the details of the indigenous African tribes easily translate into a futuristic model so that part of it was super fun to do and it was like no one had even really thought of it like that," she told HuffPost. More Nate Moore
Moore broke barriers in bringing "Black Panther" to the big screen. The executive producer, who's worked on several other Marvel films, told
that this kind of representation is essential and he hopes it can create a ripple effect.
"There's such an underserved population of people just aching for positive images of themselves on screen," he said. "In this case, obviously the African-American and African communities seeing representations like T'Challa and Nakia and Okoye and all these great characters in the context of doing good and being heroic is valuable because those images don't exist that much. And so I think and I hope this movie can be a watershed to see other films like this."
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Fletcher created the jewelry and armor that adorns the Dora Milaje, the women of Wakanda's special forces team. The jeweler worked closely with Carter to deliver the accessories needed to equip the fictional kingdom.
"Ruth liked what I consider to be an ancient yet futuristic aesthetic and with her understanding of my skill set, creativity, innovation and work ethic, she saw it fit for me to take on such a critical role for this project," she told the
Los Angeles Sentinel
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