‘Black Panther 2‘ Director Shares Filming Will Take Place in Georgia as Planned. Despite several big names in Hollywood calling for filming boycotts due to a controversial voting bill being passed in Georgia, Marvel Studios Director Ryan Googler has shared why Black Panther 2 will still be filmed in Georgia as planned.
For those who may not know why this new law is considered controversial, a synopsis by EW shares, “The new election law, which was signed on March 25, brings more rigid voter restrictions including ID requirements for absentee voting, a limit on the number of ballot drop boxes, and it prohibits supplying food and water to anyone within 150 feet of the polling place or 25 feet of any voter in line. It also shortens runoff reelections from nine to four weeks. The bill has been denounced by Democrats and voting rights groups, with President Biden even calling it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.””
This week, Black Panther 2 Director Ryan Coogler wrote a guest column via Deadline, writing: “While I wished to turn my concern into action, I could not do so without first being educated on the specifics of Georgia. 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. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia. What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, its shameful roots in Jim Crow, and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state.”
Ryan continued, “Our film is staying in Georgia. Additionally, I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground. 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.”
Black Panther 2 directed by Ryan Coogler is expected to premiere July 8, 2022 in theaters. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Marvel!
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Source: Entertainment Weekly