Ava DuVernay – director of last years’ critically acclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King biopic, has revealed that she will not be directing the upcoming superhero film starring Chadwick Boseman.
“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.”
While DuVernay didn’t go into specifics it seems that, just like with Edgar Wright, it came done to creative differences in the script department.
“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” DuVernay processed to say. “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.”
To Marvel’s credit – this parting seems more amicable than the Edgar Wright debacle. And it’s not like they where rewriting a script DuVernay herself spent years on. So, the hunt for a director for Black Panther continues.
Might I be so bold as to suggest a director you might mainly know for his acting work? Mr. Denzel Washington. Washington has only directed two feature films, Antwone Fischer and The Great Debaters but both have been well received by critics and audiences. And as and added bonus you could have him cameo as T’Chaka – Black Panther’s father and predecessor to the Black Panther mantle. This move combined with Hank Pym passing the Ant-Man role to Scott Lang could help ease movie audiences into the idea of generational superheroes in film. Which will make it less jarring if any of the MCU’s other heroes have to pass the torch.
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