Following the success of her 2014 film SELMA, director Ava DuVernay certainly had a variety of options in front of her. A while ago, she was considered to direct Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER, but she ultimately passed on the project. More recently, she’s been considered to take on the Dreamworks thriller INTELLIGENT LIFE and A WRINKLE IN TIME, an adaptation of the Madeleine D’Engle’s classic children’s book of the same name.
Now Deadline is reporting that the director has officially been hired by Disney to take on the adaptation A WRINKLE IN TIME, whose script was written by FROZEN writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. This puts an end to the apparently six months of courtship by Disney, and, in my opinion, is a great step toward diversity in Hollywood. Very often, non-white filmmakers are considered to be great picks for race-related pictures, but aren’t often even confronted for films that have nothing to do about race. It’s great to see a director of color get a gig outside of the normal types of films your average viewer would expect. A WRINKLE IN TIME is a classic tale, and so long as the filmmakers have serious storytelling chops to bring it to life, the race of the director shouldn’t matter.
In addition to A WRINKLE IN TIME, DuVernay has also been offered that previously-mentioned directing job for INTELLIGENT LIFE. As of this writing, she hasn’t accepted, but the movie has STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and 12 YEARS A SLAVE actress Lupita Nyong’o attached.
According to Deadline, the film is about a “UN worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mystery woman who turns out to be one.” We’ll have to see if she accepts this job as well, but either way you slice it, DuVernay certainly appears to be quite the hot director in Hollywood.
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