Ava DuVernay is in demand and has become one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood.   A few weeks ago, it was reported that DuVernay was being courted by two separate studios for two very different films. Disney offered her the opportunity to direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ an adaptation of the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic novel with a script by Jennifer Lee (‘Frozen‘).  Amblin was courting DuVernay to direct ‘Intelligent Life,’ a sci-fi thriller written by Colin Trevorrow and his collaborator Derek Connolly (‘Jurassic World‘) with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (‘12 Years a Slave‘) attached as the star.

“I constantly urge Ava DuVernay to take on, not necessarily a franchise or one of these things, but to test the limits of what she’s capable of because I think she’s truly great.” – Colin Trevorrow

It has officially been confirmed by Deadline Hollywood that DuVernay is set to direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time‘ alongside co-director and writer Jennifer Lee (‘Frozen‘), and is currently in negotiations to direct ‘Intelligent Life.’

A Wrinkle In Time‘ revolves around a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a ‘tesseract,’ which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets. She takes part in a search for her father and sees some incredible creatures along the way.

DuVernay is a powerhouse and an inspiration.  She is not just breaking barriers, but she is making space for black women along the way.  In January, Ava DuVernay shared in an interview with ‘Reel Black‘ that she was going to hire all female directors for her upcoming 13-episode series on OWN, ‘Queen Sugar.’

“We are hiring an all women directorial team.  A lot of women that we know from the black independent space, that I won’t announce yet, but it’s an exciting time to invite women into the show and really try to tell the story of this family of really strong women who do an amazing thing in St. Josephine, Louisiana….and then I go off to make my next film which I haven’t announced yet so I’m really excited about it.” – Ava Duvernay

There are countless woman of color who are talented directors, producers, editors, etc. working in the entertainment industry; however their near-absence behind the scenes hints at much deeper institutional problems in the television and film industry.  It is evident that the industry has a long way to go in terms of diversity and inclusion; however, this is not stopping DuVernay from leading the way to make sure that Hollywood reflects the world that we live in.

“I want to be defined as a black woman filmmaker, because that’s the lens through which I am working. That is my gaze. I’m proud of it. I don’t feel like it’s any less or limiting. I’m a black woman filmmaker and my films are just as valid as the white man filmmaker and whoever else.” – Ava DuVernay

DuVernay is doing amazing things, and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store!

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