After making history as the first woman of color to helm a film with a budget of more than $100 million, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay has landed another blockbuster as her next project. According to Variety, she’s been brought on for the big-screen adaptation of DC Comics’ superhero epic New Gods.
New Gods is based on the comic of the same name, centered on a fictional race of characters and created by the late, legendary Jack Kirby. After the news was revealed, DuVernay took to Twitter to express her gratitude to the comic artist for his work, which she has in the past counted among her favorites.
“‘Our dreams make us large,’” she quoted on Twitter. “Thank you, #JackKirby.”
The news comes on the heels of a major box office win for A Wrinkle in Time, which banked over $30 million on opening weekend. New Gods will be the second major Warner Bros. and DC superhero feature directed by a woman, following Patty Jenkins’ record-breaking — and precedent-setting — Wonder Woman. (Jenkins is also helming the film’s sequel.)
So far, no timeline or casting news has been announced for New Gods, but with DuVernay currently working on a Central Park Five documentary for Netflix (her first for the streaming service since the Oscar-nominated 13th doc), it’s likely we’ll be waiting a while before hearing any updates.
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