Ava DuVernay will not be directing the Black Panther movie for Marvel Studios.
Following confirmation that the DuVernay was in talks with Marvel, the Selma director has now come out and stated it isn't happening because they couldn't come to an agreement.
“I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” DuVernay told Essence. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”
The Black Panther movie is due out July 6, 2018 starring Chadwick Bosemann who will first appear in Captain America: Civil War next May,
“I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” said DuVernay. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn't see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later... I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it."
Ava DuVernay isn't the first director to mention creative differences with Marvel as Alan Taylor also recently stated working with Marvel was "wrenching," and of course, Edgar Wright departing Ant-Man is well known example in addition to Patty Jenkins not directing Thor 2.