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Ava DuVernay: First black woman to direct a $100m film


AWARD-WINNING director Ava DuVernay is set to make history as the first black woman to direct a film with a budget over $100 million.

DuVernay, who was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2014 for historical drama film Selma, which had a budget of $20 million, will bring to life A Wrinkle in Time, which will star Oprah Winfrey

The historic achievement, as reported in Women in Hollywood, also highlights that the in-demand visionary is only the third woman in history to command a big-budget project and the second biggest of any female director.

Kathryn Bigelow was the first to direct a film with such a budget in her 2002 film, K-19: The Widowmaker, and Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, which comes out next year.

Putting the budget into context, Blavity reports that the budgets of the past three major motion pictures by black directors were Straight Outta Compton ($50 million), Dope ($7 million), and Creed ($40 million).

SUPPORT: Ava with Oprah

A Wrinkle in Time is an adaptation of the 1962 science fantasy novel written by Madeleine L’Engle. The story centres on a young girl whose scientist father goes missing after he works on a mysterious project.

Media mogul Winfrey is rumoured to be playing Mrs. Which, the wise leader of a trio of beings whose knowledge and expertise prove important in “fighting the good fight”.

Winfrey took to Twitter to congratulate DuVernay, who replied: “Thanks for always cheering me on, @Oprah. And for being a serial shatterer of ceilings that we can all look up to.”

The history-making duo have also celebrated the renewal of their TV series, Queen Sugar, set to premiere in September on OWN.

A Wrinkle in Time is scheduled to arrive in American theatres on July 28 next year.

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