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Ava DuVernay Continues to Break Boundaries as First Female of Color to Direct a $100 Million Movie

by Raphael Chestang 6:57 PM PDT, August 04, 2016
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Selma director Ava DuVernay is passing a major milestone in Hollywood.

According to The Los Angeles Times, DuVernay's upcoming Disney movie, A Wrinkle in Time, has a budget upwards of $100 million, which would make her the first female director of color to helm a movie with such a hefty price tag.

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What's more, she is just the third woman to do so. Oscar winner Kathrym Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker) and Patty Jenkins, whose Wonder Woman film is in post-production, are the only other members of this elite club.

A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey is due out next year. The film is an adaptation of the 1963 Madeleine L'Engle science fantasy novel which follows a young girl whose scientist father goes missing after working on a mysterious project for the government.

The Golden Globe-nominated director is also collaborating with Winfrey on the OWN drama, Queen Sugar. Last month, DuVernay gushed to ET about working with the media mogul.

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"Everyone knows of her warmth and her generosity through The Oprah Show," DuVernay told ET. "I feel like I get my own Oprah Show every time when I call her."

Queen Sugar debuts during a two-night premiere on Sept. 6 and 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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