DuVernay Talks Passing On “Black Panther”

Perhaps the most publicised NON-hiring in filmmaking circles in recent months has been that of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay passing on the opportunity to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie.

Now, speaking with THR, DuVernay spoke some more about passing on the opportunity, why she was initially interested and why she had several meetings with the studio before the talks ultimately fell apart:

“It was really an enlightened day in terms of the quality of journalism. 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’d be three years. It’d be three years of not doing other things that’re important to me. 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 and culture in a worldwide, huge way that they do in a certain way: flying, exciting action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero – that would be pretty revolutionary.

These 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 – these 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. If there’s too much compromise, it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film.”

It’s expected a director for the project will likely be revealed on August 14th during Disney’s D23 Expo along with several other major announcements.