Ava DuVernay continues to elevate her Hollywood status, becoming the first black woman to direct a film with a $100 million budget, as she sets out to helm Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. DuVernay first became recognized in the film industry through her visually-captivating independent films, I Will Follow and Middle Of Nowhere.
Women Of Hollywood reported the budget for those films averaged $125,000 while her Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma cost $20 million.
“Now DuVernay has crossed the $100 million mark — and only five years following the release of her first indie feature,” Women of Hollywood wrote. “She’s done that on authenticity and talent. This is a normal path for male directors, but one rarely accessible to women.”
As we reported earlier this week, Ava’s new television series Queen Sugar has already been renewed by OWN for a second season.