Ryan Coogler Thanks “Black Panther” Fans In Open Letter
As you’ve surely heard (and most likely contributed to), Black Panther shattered box office records and Hollywood narratives about what films with primarily Black casts can do over the weekend.
To top all that off…it was pretty much a majorly melanated holiday weekend for Blerds, families, youth groups, and even folks who’ve never seen a Marvel movie in all their days.
Director Ryan Coogler was understandably moved to see how his creation brought out the masses, and wrote a thank-you note to everyone who made this amazing weekend at the movies possible:
I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.
Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.
Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters- often moved me and my wife to tears.
For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world- all before even seeing the film…
To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…
And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…
Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.
P.S. Wakanda Forever
Congratulations to Coogler and the cast!