Ava DuVernay officially passes on Black Panther


Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar nominated film Selma, has officially passed on Black Panther. Despite previous reports that she was on board to direct Black Panther, DuVernay has told Essence that she has passed on directing Marvel’s film. She tells them, “I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther.” She adds,“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”

It turns out that it was their differences with Black Panther’s story that ultimately led her to skipping out on directing the film. “I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” said DuVernay. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”

Marvel Studios has been developing quite a list of directors who have clashed with them over “creative differences.” The most notable of them all has been Edgar Wright and the soon-to-be released Ant-Man. However, despite passing on the film she still fully supports the project. “I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”

Source: Essence (via Heroic Hollywood)

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