There's been a lot of talk about a female director taking the reins of a new Star Wars project, but A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is not the woman for the job, according to her. A Wrinkle in Time has been hotly anticipated for months now, but so far, the critics have not been so kind to the Disney movie, prematurely calling it a disaster. However, the movie has yet to be released in theaters, so it remains to be seen how it will do against the mighty Black Panther.
Depending on your outlook, Ava DuVernay politely declining taking over a Star Wars project may be a good thing after the reviews from A Wrinkle in Time have started to surface. DuVernay was praised on Twitter for A Wrinkle in Time's visuals, which were compared to Lucasfilm's work with Star Wars. Ava DuVernay thanked the fan for their praise of A Wrinkle in Time, but as far as taking on another franchise, she simply said, "Star Wars is not for me..."
Ava DuVernay previously offered some advice to J.J. Abrams when he was in post-production for The Force Awakens, so she is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, but she still does not want to officially join as a director on any of the upcoming movies. The director also previously turned down the chance to direct Marvel's Black Panther, citing concern that it would not "be a DuVernay film." The director would rather do projects on her own that don't have to fit into a giant franchise and have to deal with a ton of fans who'll be angry at her no matter what is released.
J.J. Abrams recently finished the script for Star Wars 9 and filming is expected to start in July. However, Abrams, along with Rian Johnson have seen intense criticism for their Star Wars movies from hardcore fans who want them to be stricken from the official canon. Ava DuVernay could be skeptical for that reason alone, but Lucasfilm hasn't had the best track record with sticking to their directors over the past few years. Ron Howard was brought in to finish Solo: A Star Wars Story after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go and J.J. Abrams was brought back for Star Wars 9, after Colin Trevorrow had been let go.
Taking on a Star Wars project has to be a very daunting thing for a director to wrap their head around before officially signing up, so it's understandable why Ava DuVernay might want to avoid all of the headaches involved in taking on such giant project. In the meantime, A Wrinkle in Time is set to be released this weekend where it will have to battle the mighty Black Panther, which DuVernay originally turned down. You can read the social media exchange about taking over on a Star Wars project from Ava DuVernay's Twitter account.
Star Wars is not for me. But, very happy you dug WRINKLE IN TIME. xo https://t.co/CcrhVbY5hT— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 7, 2018