The executive producers behind Black Panther have revealed that the script for the new Marvel movie was originally “even more ambitious”.
Having already received rave reviews, the comic book adaptation hits cinemas on Tuesday February 13. Chadwick Boseman stars as King T’Challa, the beleaguered leader of fictional kingdom Wakanda.
While its already won over the hearts and imaginations of comic book fans, executive producers Nate Moore and Victoria Alonso told Digital Spy that the initial script by Ryan Coogler took things to even more extreme levels.
“The original draft of the script was even more ambitious than the film, if you can believe it,” Moore explained.
“It was really about, ‘Hey, we have all this great material, how do we help [Ryan] focus it?’ That was a big part of our pre-production process. It was really digging down to the bones of the story that needed to be told.
“Ryan and [co-writer] Joe Robert Cole are fantastic and they helped us get there really fast.”
Alonso continued: “The challenge is always, you put everything in the bag, and then you start [working out] what we have to leave behind.
“Not that you want to leave anything behind, but there are things that are essential, and things that would be nice to have. We took more than the essential, and we put it together.”
Wesley Snipes recently spoke out about how how first intended to create a Black Panther movie in 1992, longing to bring a black comic book hero to the big screen. Various developments featuring studios and even Stan Lee took place throughout the ’90s.
I think Black Panther spoke to me because he was noble, and he was the antithesis of the stereotypes presented and portrayed about Africans, African history and the great kingdoms of Africa,” said Snipes. “It had cultural significance, social significance. It was something that the black community and the white community hadn’t seen before.
“Many people don’t know that there were fantastic, glorious periods of African empires and African royalty — Mansa Musa [emperor of the West African Mali Empire] and some of the wealthiest men in the world compared to the wealth of today. That was always very, very attractive. And I loved the idea of the advanced technology. I thought that was very forward thinking.”