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The 34-year-old director made this announcement in an op-ed that was published to Shadow and Act, an online publication focused on highlighting film, television and web content from “Africa and its Diaspora.”
“Our film [Black Panther II] is staying in Georgia,” Coogler’s statement reads.
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Smith and Fuqua equated the voting bill to “impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting,” in a statement explaining their move.
While Coogler’s “Black Panther II” film will not be exiting Georgia, the director acknowledged he does not agree with the new voting law.
“I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground,” Coogler wrote in his op-ed. “I will encourage everyone working with me to tap in with the local community directly affected by Senate Bill 202 and to leverage their influence and resources to aid in the fight for this particular and essential pillar of democracy.”
The award-winning director added that he will be making donations to Fair Fight Action, a national voting rights organization founded by Stacey Abrams – former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives (2011 to 2017).
Disney Studios and Disney Theatrical did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Chadwick Boseman (left) and Ryan Coogler (right) worked together on the first "Black Panther" film, which had a theatrical release in 2018. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Coogler directed the first “Black Panther” movie that starred Chadwick Boseman, earning him two NAACP Image Awards for outstanding writing and directing in a motion picture.
Details on the direction of “Black Panther II” are tight-lipped following the death of Boseman.