Ahead of the premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Ryan Coogler, Letitia Wright, and Angela Bassett spoke with Variety about the film. Naturally, Chadwick Boseman and his impact on all three of them made their way into the conversation, as did his brief involvement in the upcoming sequel. Not long before Boseman’s passing, Coogler and his co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole had pulled together a rough first draft of what would become “Wakanda Forever.” They sent it to Boseman for his input, and as Wright recalls, he had a funny response to receiving the around 300-page document.
“I remember just hearing through the grapevine that even though Chadwick was really unwell, he was making fun of how long it was,” Wright told the publication, noting that this was just another step in Coogler’s process. When he was done writing, he’d send what he came up with to Boseman for feedback. Sadly, Coogler clarifies that even though he got the massive script, Boseman didn’t end up reading it before his death because of how heavily his colon cancer was weighing on his energy levels. “He was too tired to read it. That’s what was going on,” Coogler told the publication.