The director has said she met with Marvel execs but the project just wasn't right for her.
It sounded like a match made in heaven, but sadly Selma director Ava DuVernay has confirmed she wont be directing Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film will bring to life Marvel’s first Black superhero, T’Challa aka Black Panther and is scheduled for release in November 2017, as part of the studio's Phase 3.
Ava DuVernay will not be directing Marvels’ Black Panther movie.
Speaking to Essence magazine DuVernay confirmed the rumours that she was in talks with Marvel, but revealed that she had turned down the Black Panther gig. “I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” DuVernay said. “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,” the director added. “I loved meeting Chadwick (Boseman) and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn't see eye to eye. Better for me to realise that now than cite creative differences later.”
But just because DuVernay isn’t involved in the project doesn't mean she isn't still excited about seeing T’Challa on the big screen. “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,” the director added.
Next for DuVernay is a love story/murder mystery set against Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and starring Selma’s David Oyelowo. The 42 year old has also co-created and executive produced an upcoming drama series, 'Queen Sugar', with Oprah Winfrey, which is set to air on the OWN Network.