'Black Panther' To Continue Production In Georgia

April 19, 2021

Story by Stevenson Altidor; Photo via Marvel Studios

With anticipation being so high for Black Panther 2, director Ryan Coogler declares that production will continue in Georgia despite the state's recent voting law.  

Coogler penned a guest column for Deadline, emphasizing that he was "profoundly disappointed" upon hearing the state's controversial voting bill passed into law. 

"The fight for full enfranchisement is fundamental to the African-American struggle in this country and to this country's claim to functioning democracy." Coogler writes. "As an African-American, and as a citizen, I oppose all attempts, explicit and otherwise, to shrink the electorate and reduce access to the ballot."

The decision came nearly a week after Will Smith and Antonie Fuqua chose to pull production for their film Emancipation from the state. Notwithstanding, Tyler Perry and Stacy Abrams urged filmmakers not to move production from Georgia, yet Smith and Fuqua pushed forward with their decision. Coogler offers a different perspective on the matter.

"Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202." 

Coogler advocates Congress to pass H.R. 1, also known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, while cementing that Black Panther 2 will stay in Georgia. 

"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."