Ava DuVernay directed last year’s Selma to high praise. Most have been championing her to bring Marvel’s Black Panther to the big screen, which would be a bold step for Marvel in their hopes of bringing such a unique character to the big screen, plus a big move for DuVernay in terms of working with such a large studio on a rather important project.
But DuVernay is unfortunately passing on the project, stating that creative differences are what stands between her and Marvel when it comes to bringing the character to life.
That’s fine, because DuVernay is no doubt going to go on to do great things in her early career and I’m sure Marvel won’t have too big of a problem replacing her with someone as equally talented.
DuVernay’s official statement regarding the matter can be viewed below:
“I guess I’ll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend! I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther. 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. I loved meeting Chadwick Boseman and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to a story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”
Source : Essence