Ava DuVernay Makes Hollywood History By Becoming The First Woman Of Color To Direct A $100 Million Budget Film

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Director Ava DuVernay is already in an elite squad of female directors in Hollywood, but now she’s in a class all of her own, becoming the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget of $100 million. It was announced earlier this year that DuVernay’s next project would be an adaptation of the book everyone reads in elementary school, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. We knew that this Disney-backed film has been set up for something big when Oprah would be a part of the project, but the announcement of the budget didn’t happen until Tuesday when California released the list of films who applied for tax credits.

Deadline reported that DuVernay’s film received the largest incentive pushing the total budget of the film well over the magical $100 million mark. DuVernay’s story is proof that hard work pays off. She first started as a journalist and eventually made her directorial debut in 2010 with“I Will Follow” a film with a $50,000 budget. Four years later, she directed her breakout Oscar-nominated film Selma which carried a budget of $20 million. Currently, DuVernay is working on the OWN Network series Queen of Sugar which will debut next month. A release date for A Wrinkle in Time has not been announced yet, but it should be in theaters sometime in 2018.

(Via LA Times)