Now We Know for Certain Whether Ava DuVernay Will be Directing Marvel’s ‘Black Panther'
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Now We Know for Certain Whether Ava DuVernay Will be Directing Marvel’s ‘Black Panther'


Well you can

now stop wondering if Ava DuVernay will be directing Marvel’s film version of

Black Panther. The official answer is that she will not be, and that comes straight

from Ms. DuVernay herself.

In an interview

for Essence published yesterday (HERE), she revealed that that she has passed on the project, because she and Marvel had different creative viewpoints on how to approach the



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," Ms DuVernay said.

And she added that: "I

loved meeting Chadwick [Boseman, who will play the lead] and the writers and all

the Marvel execs… [but] … in the end, it comes down to story, and we just didn’t

see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative

differences later."

But she also

revealed some other disappointing news – that that pilot she recently directed

for CBS, "For Justice," which centered on a female FBI agent working in the

Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, was not

picked up by the network as a series. She speculates that the subject matter might

have been too hot to take on by CBS.

As she said, “We turned it in the week of the Baltimore

uprising, and we had an uprising in our piece when we filmed it… I think they

thought it was a little close to real life. But I had an absolute ball making it.”

Perhaps I’m

reading too much into it here, but it sounds as if she’s more disappointed with "For

Justice" than Black Panther. Honestly, I would be too. But after these setbacks, she’ll definitely bounce back.

In the meantime, who do you think will now direct Black Panther? If you ask me (and you aren’t) I would suggest either Ernest Dickerson or Seith Mann, who has a long list

of credits as a TV director on shows such

as "The Walking Dead," "Hell on Wheels" and "Homeland."

But then

again when I hear the words "Black Panther" I immediately think of Bobby Seale

and Huey Newton. Those are the black panthers I know, so what do I know about who should be the director.

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