Director Ava DuVernay Addresses Marvel Rumors: 'I've Gotten Several Calls'

by Stacy Lambe 12:40 PM PDT, June 17, 2015
Playing Director Ava DuVernay Addresses Marvel Rumors: 'I've Gotten Several Calls'

Ever since Marvel announced that Black Panther would be adapted for the big screen, rumors have been swirling about who will be tapped to direct.

Both Ava DuVernay and Rick Famuyiwa -- director of the critically acclaimed Dope -- have been named among those being considered to take on the story about T’Challa, a prince of Wakanda, who rises through the ranks of the Black Panther following the death of his father.

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While on the red carpet at the Women in Film’s 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday, the Selma director talked to ET about the rumors.

"I've gotten several calls from several interesting parties,” DuVernay said with a laugh. While it doesn’t confirm as much as we hoped, it’s enough to get fans excited about the possibility of the director lending her talents to the Marvel universe.

The director is keeping busy since the critical success of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. She’s working alongside Oprah Winfrey on a new drama, Queen Sugar, for OWN and was tapped to direct and produce a CBS pilot starring The Good Wife’s Anika Noni Rose.

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“It's a great time post-Selma,” she added. “I'm writing my own work, reading things, talking to lots of folks about their ideas, sharing mine. It's a good time.”

While it remains to be seen who will be tasked with directing Black Panther, which is set to be released in 2018 as part of Marvel’s ongoing plan to adapt and release its film versions of its popular comics, DuVernay already has one supporter.

“If Marvel is as smart and as brave to go on that journey with Ava, I’m personally the first in line to see what she does with that,” David Oyelowo told The Wrap while promoting his HBO film, Nightingale. The actor previously worked with the director on Selma and has been a vocal proponent ever since. 

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