Ava DuVernay continues her Hollywood winning streak by becoming the first African-American woman to helm a film with a budget over $100 million. This comes as an incredible accomplishment since DuVernay first became recognized in the film industry through her visually-captivating independent films, I Will Follow and Middle Of Nowhere.
Women Of Hollywood reported the budget for those films averaged $125,000 while her Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma cost $20 million. But it’s her latest endeavor, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, that’s helping her make history even before it debuts.
While this feat happens regularly for male directors, for women not so much. “Now DuVernay has crossed the $100 million mark — and only five years following the release of her first indie feature,” Women of Hollywood wrote. “She’s done that on authenticity and talent. This is a normal path for male directors, but one rarely accessible to women.”
This news comes after Ava’s new television series Queen Sugar has already been renewed by OWN for a second season.