Ava DuVernay is in demand and has become one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood. After showing the world what she is capable of through her phenomenal work on the critically acclaimed film ‘Selma,’ DuVernay is now being courted to direct two feature films by two different studios. Disney has offered the her the opportunity to direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ a fantasy based on the classic 1963 novel by Madeleine L’Engle, and Amblin is courting DuVernay to direct ‘Intelligent Life,’ a sci-fi thriller.
UPDATE: Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to star in the sci-fi film ‘Intelligent Life,’ which Ava would direct if she were to choose this project.
‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ written by Jennifer Lee (Frozen), is about a young girl whose government scientist father goes missing after working on a mysterious project. If DuVernay chooses this opportunity, she will be directing a project for the biggest studio in the world (Disney), and this film could potentially turn into a multi-picture franchise for Disney.
‘Intelligent Life,’ written by Collin Trevorrow and his collaborator Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), is an original screenplay about “a fable about a U.N worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien.”
Directly after ‘Selma,’ DuVernay was in talks to direct ‘Black Panther’ for Marvel, but there was a disagreement regarding the creative direction of the film, so Duvernay and Marvel parted ways amicably. She is currently working on the upcoming television series ‘Queen Sugar‘ for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network (which will be directed by all women); however, I am very excited to think about all that she could do with a film within the fantasy or sci-fi genre. I don’t believe that there has ever been an African-American female director at the helm of a major studio franchise property, and if DuVernay signs on to either one of these films, she will undoubtedly bring a fresh perspective to the material.
DuVernay is paving the way for the next generation of filmmakers, and regardless of the film that she choose to direct, she has already made history!