It has been confirmed by Women and Hollywood that the Disney adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time will have a budget of over $100 million which makes Ava DuVernay the first African American woman to helm a live-action feature with a budget over $100 million.
This is a major accomplishment, and it isn’t the first time that DuVernay became “the first” to break a barriers in this industry. In 2012, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize at Sundance for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere and became the first African American woman to ever win this award. She also became the first African American woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2014 for her work on Selma, and was the first African American woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, also for her work on Selma.
DuVernay recently wrapped production on the OWN original series Queen Sugar, and received an order for a second season by the network prior to the season one premier. This series will mark DuVernay’s television series directorial debut.
Her next project, The 13th, a documentary revolving around mass incarceration, can be seen on October 7th at the 54th New York Film Festival.