Ava DuVernay Didn’t Take Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER

Ava DuVernay Nixed

[Update: Hit the jump to check out what the filmmaker told THR about passing on the Marvel gig.]

Selma director Ava DuVernay has turned down a job offer from Marvel and Kevin Feige hopes that she would spearhead the Black Panther film adaptation, planned for 2018, gave birth to nothing.

DuVernay confirmed with Essence that she won’t be the first black female to direct a Marvel movie:

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.”

Well, I’m not shocked in the least. She continued,

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 … 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.”

So genre savvy. I hate when people can’t tell the full truth. Some of the rumors were that she wanted a “racial” tone to the film. This is a huge opportunity for her to get to higher level, but she sees differently. It will be interesting to see who they do get. (My money is on Lee Daniels.)

Chadwick Boseman is set to star as the title hero in the long-gestating Black Panther film, which is currently being scripted by Mark Bailey and scheduled for a July 6, 2018 release. The T’Challa character, played by Boseman, will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which opens May 6, 2016.

Update: While Marvel has been doing great lately, they interfere too much with the directors (the villains are also very forgettable). Find out why DuVernay turned down Black Panther:

For me, it was a process of trying to figure out, are these people I want to go to bed with? Because it’s really a marriage, and for this, it would be three years. It’d be three years of not doing other things that are important to me. So it was a question of, is this important enough for me to do?

At one point, the answer was yes, because I thought there was value in putting that kind of imagery into the culture in a worldwide, huge way, in a certain way: excitement, action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero — that would be pretty revolutionary. These Marvel films go everywhere from Shanghai to Uganda, and nothing that I probably will make will reach that many people, so I found value in that. That’s how the conversations continued, because that’s what I was interested in. But everyone’s interested in different things.

What my name is on means something to me — (my bodies of work) are my children. This is my art. This is what will live on after I’m gone. So it’s important to me that that be true to who I was in this moment. And if there’s too much compromise, it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film.”

Via Essence Magazine