#BlackGirlMagic: Ava DuVernay Lands Director Role of ANOTHER Big Budget Film, ‘The New Gods’

by Jessica Lane

March 16, 2018

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

 

Ava DuVernay is manifesting the best year of her life! DuVernay will direct another $100-million-plus budget film, the Warner Brothers & DC Comics film The New God.

 

We’re literally watching history be made as DuVernay takes on not one, but two big budget, larger-than-life films in the short span of two years. A Wrinkle In Time (a $100-million budget film), which debuted March 9, is currently number 2 at the box office behind another Black-directed film Black Panther ✊🏿🙅🏿 (a $200-million budget film).
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: (L-R) Director Ava DuVernay, Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon attend the European Premiere of ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
 The University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report helped us understand exactly how special 2018 really is. No Black Director has made a film with a budget larger than $250 million and only 7 Black directors – and 1 Black woman – have created films with budgets between $250-$100 million.

 

As the headlines highlight, DuVernay has taken over the industry from Selma to Queen Sugar to A Wrinkle In Time and now the superhero-sized The New God. And, she has a special connection to this movie, her favortie superhero is Big Barda, one of the new gods.

Congratulations Ava DuVernay and keep lighting the path for young, women of color to follow in your footsteps!

 

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