You may have heard of a little book called “A Wrinkle In Time”, you may have heard of some woman named Oprah Winfrey too! And maybe you’ve heard of Ava DuVernay!
Well, that little book is being made into a movie, and that Oprah woman is starring in that little movie with a $100 million budget!
So, this will make Ava the first African American woman to direct a $100 million movie! GO AVA!
Women And Hollywood wrote:
This is milestone.
Ava DuVernay will be the first African American woman to helm a live-action feature with a budget over $100 million. Only two other women have directed live-action films with a budget in this range. Kathryn Bigelow was the first in 2002 with “K-19: The Widowmaker.” Patty Jenkins will be the second with next year’s “Wonder Woman.” And now Ava DuVernay will be the third. And she’ll be the first woman of color.
DuVernay has worked her way up from directing extremely low-budget films to a studio tentpole. Her feature debut, 2011’s “I Will Follow,” was made for $50,000 and her 2012 follow-up, “Middle Of Nowhere,” had a budget of $200,000. Oscar-nominated biopic “Selma” was a big step up budget-wise: the 2014 film’s budget was $20 million. And now DuVernay has crossed the $100 million mark — and only five years following the release of her first indie feature. She’s done that on authenticity and talent. This is a normal path for male directors, but one rarely accessible to women.
This is awesome!
On a sidenote, the movie will receive $18 million in California tax credits!