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Ava DuVernay Discloses Why She Rejected the Chance to Direct ‘Black Panther’

Film director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay dropped by “The Breakfast Club” Friday and admitted to turning down the opportunity to direct the Black revolutionary film of 2018 “Black Panther.”

DuVernay has directed a substantial amount of films “Selma”, “13th”, “The Door”, and “A Wrinkle In Time” that premieres in theaters on Mar. 9. However, when host Charlamagne Da God asked why the director shot down the chance to direct the Marvel film, she spoke about diverting her attention to a “more woman” focused project.

“They [Marvel] asked me to consider making it three years ago,” DuVernay said. “I wanted to make a story about a girl… I’d just come off “Selma” and “13th” I felt like they [were] masculine.”

The “This Is My Life” director explained that she felt her counterpart Ryan Coogler, was the right person to direct “Black Panther.”

“He was just coming off of ‘Creed’ at the time and it was the perfect film for him. I really felt like a Black man should have made that film. I felt strongly that the film needed to be made by a brother because that was the essential focus of it,” DuVernay elucidated.

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