A Black Panther film is once again in motion at Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Documentarian Mark Bailey has been hired to write the screenplay.
The character has been in and out of various stages of early development as a feature since 1992, when actor Wesley Snipes announced intentions to star as the title character. Snipes, who played fellow Marvel character Blade in three movies, was attached to the character for years. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Black Panther as part of the company’s development slate back in 2007, though talk had died down in recent years.
Bailey’s credits include documentaries Pandemic: Facing AIDS and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. His most recent project is an adaptation of non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, to be helmed by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. The film rights to Black Panther were acquired by Marvel in 2005.