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Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Ava DuVernay discusses turning down ‘Black Panther’ film, notes her different vision

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said that Marvel will soon choose directors for Black Panther and Captain Marvel and confirmed that Marvel had talked with Selma director Ava DuVernay about helming one of the studio’s films.

DuVernay now says she won’t make Black Panther, and it sounds like she’s not likely to be attached to any of the Marvel films at all. 

Speaking to Essence, DuVernay said, “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.”

Creative differences is always code for two completely different perspectives on the film and this sounds like the case.

“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.

DuVernay sounds like she wants projects which she can control as much as possible, Black Panther seems like it would represent too great compromise.

During the Essence interview, DuVernay confirmed that she is now shooting a film in New Orleans. The project has been described as “a love story and murder mystery” set against Hurricane Katrina, which has been reported to re-team DuVernay with her Selma star David Oyelowo.

We couldn’t locate any information at IMDB on this project.

Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which filmed in Atlanta in the past few months and opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

The solo film Black Panther, also starring Andy Serkis, is set for release on November 3, 2017.

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