‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ director Destin Daniel Cretton is officially returning for multiple projects after inking a deal with Dinsey companies - Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective.
Disney has officially confirmed that Cretton is currently working on ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ sequel film, ‘Shang-Chi 2,’ and a new MCU series for Disney Plus. The details for the Disney Plus series are not yet known, but it may be a rumored spin-off series on Meng'er Zhang's character, Xialing.
Cretton will produce through Family Owned, a new production business he is launching with partner Asher Goldstein. They will work together to create a slate of film and television projects that showcase the perspectives of communities that have typically been neglected by mainstream culture.
“Working on Shang-Chi with Kevin and the Marvel Studios team was one of the highlights of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited about Tara’s vision for Onyx Collective. I can’t wait to explore new stories and build new worlds with this community,” said Cretton.
“Destin is an amazing collaborator who brought a unique perspective and skill to Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney+, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started.”
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was released on September 3 is the highest-grossing domestic release to date this year with $224.5M. The movie’s Labor Day opening box office record of $94.6M repped a rebound for the pandemic box office. Shang-Chi has grossed close to $432M, Worldwide.
Starring Simu Liu in the leading role of Shang-Chi, the film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings follow Shaun/Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu as he confronts his past in the form of his father Xu Wenwu/Mandarin, and the Ten Rings organization.
I Am Not a Hipster was Cretton's first feature film, followed by Short Term 12, which received the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. His third film, The Glass Castle, starring Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts was released by Lionsgate in 2016. Following that, Cretton directed Warner Bros.' Just Mercy, an adaptation of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson's New York Times best-selling novel.
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