“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has officially ended the rumors that she would be taking the helm of Marvel’s “Black Panther”. Speaking with Essence magazine, DuVernay provided a definitve answer about her involvement:
“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. 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.
I loved meeting Chadwick (Boseman) and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later … I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
Marvel has currently slated “Black Panther” for a November 3rd 2017 release.