It’s rare that you see a filmmaker express gratitude outside of an awards ceremony and film premieres. That’s not to say they’re not grateful, but rather they’ve simply moved on to the next project and are hard at work. But after the massive success of Marvel‘s Black Panther this past weekend, director/co-writer Ryan Coogler took some time out to say “Thanks” to everyone who made the movie such a hit, from those that collaborated on it to those who ended up seeing it.
Of course, Coogler doesn’t owe anyone a “thank you” because he did a great job. Everyone got paid who worked on it, their careers will be improved because of the film’s success, and fans got what they paid for. And yet it’s still a classy and gracious act to issue such thanks, and makes me even more impressed with Coogler. He’s in a position right now where he can pretty much do whatever he wants for his next project, and instead he takes the time out to thank other people. He’s a class act.
Check out the letter below along with the full text.
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) February 21, 2018
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 see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast 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 seen it yet, 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