Director Ava DuVernay Addresses Marvel Rumors: 'I've Gotten Several Calls'
By Stacy Lambe
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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.
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.
“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.