Ava DuVernay has been doing press for her television series, Queen Sugar, which has been a ratings hit for the OWN network. While speaking with The Wall Street Journal, DuVernay was inevitably asked about Black Panther.
If you recall, DuVernay was once in talks with Marvel Studios to direct the Black Panther. Given her outstanding work on the Martin Luther King bio-pic Selma, it is easy to see why she was high on Marvel’s list. The interest was mutual, though DuVernay ultimately moved away from the project. The split was amicable with DuVernay citing creative differences.
DuVernay described the process to the WSJ while giving a ringing endorsement to the director who ultimately got the job, Ryan Coogler.
“I was interested in the first major feature film featuring a black superhero. That was really interesting to me. And so for me, it wasn’t right for me.
It’s perfect for Ryan Coogler. I mean perfect for Ryan Coogler. [He’s] a great friend of mine. He’s already killing it. Every time I talk to him, I’m just blown away by the some of the things that they’re talking about.”
DuVernay then turned her attention to the huge response the film is already getting from fans.
“Fans are over the moon already. I don’t know if you saw the hashtag trending every time anything comes out for Black Panther, #BlackPantherSoLit. I’m the first person on there typing away, so I’m already in line actually. I’m not here. I’m in line for Black Panther already. This is just a hologram. So excited for it.”
Hearing comments like this about Coogler’s vision for Black Panther is really refreshing. Although I would’ve personally loved to have seen what an Ava DuVernay Black Panther movie would’ve looked like, I am equally excited to see what Ryan Coogler is going to bring to the movie. If you’ve seen Creed or Fruitvale Station, you know what kind of skills that Coogler is going to bring to the table. It will be a wonderful film to see. Much like Ava DuVernay, my ticket is bought and paid for and I’m already in line for the premiere screening.
Black Panther arrives in theaters on February 16, 2018. You can watch the video of the Ava DuVernay interview below.