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Will Packer: Black Panther Sequel Can’t Have a White Director

TMZ caught up with Hollywood producer Will Packer as he made his way through the airport. Packer who is responsible for box office hits such as Straight Outta Compton and Girls Trip gave his opinion on a white director taking over the Black Panther sequel for Ryan Coogler.

Marvel is known to switch around directors for their comic book film series. The cameraman proposed J.J. Abrams as a potential replacement, but the producer doesn’t think he will cut it for Wakanda. Packer says, “Nah, you gotta keep it with Coogler.” He continues, “If he doesn’t want to do it, you have to find another melanin-infused brother. This is the one time where it hurts you to be a White director in Hollywood.”

Black Panther has had immense success within the first weeks of opening in theaters internationally the film has earned over $1 billion at the box office.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.