The Wrap reports that Marvel Studios is “courting” Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of what they refer to as Marvel’s upcoming “diverse” movies – Black Panther or Captain Marvel (both scheduled for release in 2018), according to “multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation.”
“Insiders” name Black Panther the most likely possibility.
The Wrap reports Marvel and DuVernay have had discussions and while the studio is considering other candidates, “there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU.”
The report comes in an environment in which the ACLU has reportedly asked state and federal agencies to investigate hiring practices at major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies – alleging rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.
“Insiders told The Wrap that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for Black Panther and a female filmmaker for Captain Marvel. DuVernay’s hiring would make her Marvel’s first African-American and first female director, which would no doubt double as a public relations boon for the company.”
Patty Jenkins was originally attached Thor: The Dark World, but she exited the project over creative differences and was replaced by Alan Taylor. Jenkins has gone on to replace Michelle MacLaren as the director of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Wonder Woman. The Wrap describes Warner Bros. as “eager to beat Marvel to the proverbial punch when it comes to diversity within its comic book movie universe.”
According to The Wrap, Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman is about “T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who must take over his father’s throne and avenge his death.” Captain Marvel – written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) – reportedly follows “a woman named Carol Danvers who receives powers after encountering an alien from the Kree Empire.”
Both loglines would be new if official.
DuVernay was at the center of controversy last Oscar season, when she failed to receive a Best Director nomination despite the Martin Luthor Ling biopic Selma being nominated for Best Picture.
The director and her representation “did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”