Director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle In Time) has revealed where the upcoming DC film New Gods stands on her project list.
During a Twitter Q&A on Sunday, DuVernay responded to a tweet that asked her how far along she was on the proposed DC film. DuVernay tweeted back that she was currently working on the script for Central Park Five and that “New Gods is in early development and feeling good.”
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 3, 2018
After starting out with a number of shorts and “under the radar” films, DuVernay’s name stepped into the spotlight with Selma, which chronicled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign for equal voting rights with the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. She went on to direct the Netflix documentary 13th, a look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the history of racial inequality. At one point, DuVernay was rumored to be attached to Marvel’s Black Panther before she declined and the project was eventually in the hands of Ryan Coogler. DuVernay had approached Warner Bros. about sitting in the director’s chair for a New Gods film and the studio announced her as director back in March.
Her current project, Central Park Five, will most likely be focused on the five African American men wrongly accused of a vicious rape in 1989. The film will be topical since then-businessman Donald Trump took out a full one-page ad demanding the death penalty against the defendants. When the men were exonerated in 2012 and New York City paid a $41 million settlement for the five men, Trump called it “a disgrace”.
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In the DC universe, the New Gods are beings from the planets New Genesis and Apokolips created by Jack Kirby in 1971. Intended to be part of a limited series, the characters have continued on in the comics to this very day.
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Source: Ava DuVernay’s Twitter account.