Famed filmmaker Ava DuVernay was named the director of Marvel’s Black Panther earlier this year. But now, a new report has surfaced stating that the award-winning director will no longer lead the reel’s vision.
In an interview with Essence during the publication’s annual festival in New Orleans, La. (July 3), DuVernay said, “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.” She then continued, “I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs. 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.”
DuVernay ended her statement with, “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.” The Cali native currently has her lens set on her forthcoming motion picture based after Hurricane Katrina which will focus on a love story/thriller starring David Oyelowo.
On the synopsis for her upcoming film, DuVernay said, “The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”
There’s no word on who the next director of Black Panther will be.