why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

There were plenty of people who were excited when reports surfaced of Selma director Ava DuVernay being in the running for either Captain Marvel or Black Panther. But sadly, even after Kevin Feige confirmed talks with the filmmaker, she ended up turning down the job to direct Chadwick Boseman as the latter superhero from Wakanda.

Rumors had swirled about Marvel overbearing with their directors in order to keep their cinematic universe on the track that they have planned, which also seemed to be one potential reason Edgar Wright left Ant-Man. Now DuVernay has seemingly confirmed those rumors, saying that too much compromise made her think she wouldn’t be able to make the film she wanted to make.

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Black Panther director rumor

Kevin Feige said last weekend that Marvel will soon choose directors for Black Panther and, most likely, Captain Marvel. He also confirmed that Marvel had talked with Selma director Ava DuVernay about making one of the studio’s films. Now, however, DuVernay has said that she won’t make Black Panther, and it sounds like she’s probably not going to make any Marvel film at all.  Read More »

Black Panther and Captain Marvel directors

Even though Marvel Studios may not be bringing a panel to Hall H for the San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks, that doesn’t mean they won’t have some big news to reveal this summer.

In addition to Ant-Man expanding the Marvel cinematic universe (don’t forget that Paul Rudd has a role in Captain America: Civil War, too), Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed they’re planning to have directors locked down for Black Panther and Captain Marvel very soon, and he even confirmed one of the names in the running for one of those jobs.

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Best Stories of the Week

We’re always thankful when it’s Friday. Not only is it the beginning of the weekend, but that’s when new movies are in theaters everywhere. And now Friday will also be when you can catch up on all the important stories from the week before. Starting with this post, every Friday, we’ll recap some of the best stories of the week, from the biggest trailers to the most buzzed about movie news to our own features and editorials.

This week was chock full of big stories, from a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak to a sneak peek at the return of The Muppets to television. We also had a glowing review of Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters now), news of a new project at Fox expanding the X-Men universe and much more. Check out all the best stories of the week after the jump! Read More »

Ava DuVernay directing Selma

Marvel Studios has its eye on another fantastic filmmaker. Selma director Ava DuVernay is reportedly being courted for an upcoming feature. What’s not clear is which film they want her for — Black Panther or Captain Marvel. More details on the possible Marvel Ava DuVernay deal after the jump.  Read More »

‘Selma’ Returning to Theaters

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Martin Luther King Jr. is marching back into theaters. Paramount Pictures has announced an encore presentation of Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma to begin this month, with a buy-one-get-one-free ticket promotion to sweeten the deal.

Which means if you missed the film last year, now’s the perfect time to catch up; if you did see it, here’s your chance to bring along that friend who never got around to it. As far as opportunities for dialogue about race relations go, it definitely beats that awkward Starbucks initiative. Get all the details on the Selma re-release after the jump.  Read More »

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Want to read a bunch of varied reactions and stories about the Spider-Man Sony Marvel deal? Can you see a photo of a set for X-Men Apocalypse? Which actress is now confirmed to return for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? What would Selma director Ava DuVernay say if Marvel called her for a movie? Is Sophie Turner excited to play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse? Care to see a bunch of new art, merchandise and concepts from Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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Selma Oscar snub

The Selma snub has been one of the biggest stories to come out of this year’s awards season, but director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are already moving on with another new project. The pair are set to re-team for an as yet untitled drama set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

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When the director of the first two Star Trek films went to another Star-oriented franchise, the world waited to hear who would direct the third new Star Trek film. Dozens of names were floated for Star Trek 3 and then Roberto Orci, a co-producer and writer on the first two films in the series, stepped into the seat. This was a controversial decision. Orci had never directed a film; fans were worried. Fast-forward a few months and Orci is out. He’s still involved as a producer, but he won’t be directing. The search is on once again on for another director.

As Paramount and Bad Robot frantically try and find someone to hit a planned Summer 2016 release date, we figured we’d help. We came up with 15 names who should, could, and actually might direct Star Trek 3. That means anyone who has an obvious film in the pike is out. Anyone who had passed is out and huge Hail Marys like Spielberg, Nolan or Scorsese are out. What’s left is a half wish-list, half possible list of 15 names. Read our Star Trek 3 director ideas below. Read More »