The Selma director was courted by Marvel Studios executives to work on the comic book adaptation earlier this year (15), making her the first black and female director to take charge of a Marvel franchise film, but in July (15), she turned down the job citing creative differences with studio bosses.

Now Coogler, who became a breakthrough director with his 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, is in final negotiations to take her place, according to TheWrap.

Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman is set to star as T'Challa, the titular superhero from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Black Panther was the first black superhero character to appear in a mainstream comic book franchise in the 1960s.

Black Panther is scheduled for release in February, 2018.