A bit of sleuthing has revealed that a major Hollywood milestone has been achieved – “Selma” director Ava DuVernay has become the first African American woman to ever direct a film with a budget over $100 million.
Women in Hollywood blogger Melissa Silverstein made the discovery looking into Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” which DuVernay has signed on to helm. The project recently received a tax incentive to shoot in California, and with the filing came the news that the budget for the fantasy film exceeds $100 million.
DuVernay marks only the third time a woman has been director on a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. The other two are Kathryn Bigelow for “K-19: The Widowmaker,” and Patty Jenkins for the upcoming “Wonder Woman”.
In the wake of the report, DuVernay took to Twitter to thank Disney for the opportunity.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) August 3, 2016