Ryan Coogler, director of “Black Panther 2” recently explained why the shooting will not finally change location despite the controversy surrounding the state of Georgia in the United States.
Ryan Coogler is maintaining his plans to shoot the sequel to Black Panther in the state of Georgia. Unlike other productions, like Emancipation d’Antoine Fuqua (for Netflix), which decided to boycott this American state because of restrictive controversial laws, the director of Black Panther 1 and 2 maintains his plans and explains why.
He addressed the site Shadow and Act to elaborate on this decision. He strongly denounces the measures taken by this State, saying to himself “deeply disappointed“.”As an African American, and as a citizen, I am opposed to all these attempts to reduce the electorate and access to the vote.“, he says.
To summarize the situation, this bill, which follows the last presidential elections, aims to fight against fraud by tightening the identity checks of voters who vote by mail. This law notably restricts access to the ballot box to minority communities and mainly to African-American voters. An attack on the freedom to vote which recently prompted Antoine Fuqua’s production to boycott the territory and to shoot in another state.
Ryan Coogler did not wish to follow this same path. “Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to realize that many of the people employed by my film, including all of the vendors and companies we engage with, are the same people who will carry the weight of [cette loi]. For these reasons, I will not participate in a boycott of Georgia. “
“I will use my voice to emphasize its effects (…) and do all I can to support organizations fighting against voter suppression here in the state.“
He says, moreover, to have “makes it a personal matter to encourage all who work with me to get closer to the community directly impacted by Bill SB 202 and use their influence and resources to maintain this essential pillar of democracy“.
Co-written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther 2 is slated to start filming in July 2021 for a 6-month run. The feature film is, for the moment, expected in our theaters on July 6, 2022.
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