Why I'm Glad 'Selma' Director's Next Film Is Not A Marvel Movie

January 26, 2015 6:41 PM

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Just over a week after (arguably) getting snubbed out what would have been a history-making Oscar nomination for Best Director, Selma helmer Ava DuVernay has officially scored a follow-up project to her critically-acclaimed Martin Luther King biopic. Variety is reporting that Ms. DuVernay has locked a deal with Participant Media (the company behind the Al Gore climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth) to create an original production involving romance and a murder investigation during Hurricane Katrina. The film will (probably, at this juncture) star and be co-produced by Selma lead David Oyelowo and Ms. DuVernay will write, produce, and direct the feature. That’s not much to go on, but it’s encouraging for two reasons. First of all, the Oscar snub did not affect the Selma director’s ability to get her next next project off the ground. Second of all, her next project isn’t a franchise picture or comic book sequel.

First of all, some of my concern two weeks ago over Ava DuVernay’s omission in the Oscar nominations was related to the notion that the (arguably) unfair allegations about Selma in relation to its portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson would overwhelm the critical triumphs of the picture and that its legacy...

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