Selma director Ava DuVernay has confirmed that she will not be directing Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther movie.
Chadwick Boseman, star of last year’s James Brown biopic Get On Up, has been cast as Black Panther, widely acknowledged as the first African-American superhero to appear in mainstream US comics. Boseman will make his debut as Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before starring in a standalone Black Panther film, which Marvel has scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.
Last month (June) it was reported that DuVernay, who won huge critical acclaim for this year’s civil rights biopic Selma, had met with Marvel’s President, Kevin Feige, about directing the Black Panther film. However, DuVernay has now revealed that she and Marvel were unable to reach an agreement.
“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” she told Essence. “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.”
The director then added: “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 realise that now than cite creative differences later.”
Alan Taylor, director of Thor 2, recently described the process of working with Marvel on the Chris Hemsworth-led superhero sequel as “wrenching”. “I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie,” Taylor claimed. “So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else.”