By David J. GivensAssociated Press – Mar 20, 2018 07:55:00More than two years after it was announced Michael B., the star of the critically acclaimed film “Black Panther” and the latest incarnation of the popular comic book superhero team, would be directing a sequel, the movie will finally get a chance to reunite him with the original film’s lead actor, Will Smith.
Director Joe Carnahan is in negotiations to direct part two of the follow-up, which would have B.J. take on the role of Black Panther in the sequel.
A source close to the production told Variety that the film would be released in 2017, but no details were available on when that would be.
Smith has not confirmed the news of his involvement in the movie.
The studio that owns the rights to “Black Panthers” has not yet confirmed whether Smith would direct.
Smith and Carnahan have collaborated on the comic book series, which is known for its intense storylines that are told through comics, art books and comics-related films.
Smith’s involvement in “Black Heat,” which was released in 2013, was based on the graphic novel “Black Magic,” by Chris Claremont and Scott Lobdell.
It is also the first time that Smith, who is best known for his work in “The Avengers” franchise, has appeared in a film.