It was already doubtful that DuVernay could jump from a career in film marketing and publicity so late and without even a film degree to back her up.
Striking that balance, Ava DuVernay’s movie – a rare original project in a Disney slate of mainly remakes and sequels over the next four years – is the first in history to entrust a budget of more than US$100 million (S$132 million) to a female African-American director.
“A Wrinkle In Time” is released on March 9. Actors Storm Reid and Chris Pine ran though a complicated set that would later be digitally rendered to represent a tesseract – a portal through space and time, by way of a fifth dimension. “I think there is some magic that shouldn’t be explained by science”. Because the insidious thing about Camazotz is that it forces everyone to be exactly like everyone else, so that everyone thinks and acts and behaves just as the evil giant brain IT wants them to.
“To be part of this, and to be on a green screen stage in harnesses because you’re doing a science fiction fantasy movie, it’s so fun because I finally feel welcomed with open arms to something that has ignored me completely”. “What a glorious person you are”, she wrote. “It’s more of a dark eye with a blue accent undertone-it’s not obvious, it’s more subtle”, says Uzo. “I went after it”, she told Collider.
When asked about her casting decisions, DuVernay responded with a question of her own: “The question is, why hasn’t this been done before?” She said of people who didn’t accept the diversity, “Haters gonna hate”.
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On reading “A Wrinkle in Time” as a sixth-grader: “I loved Meg as a character, how peculiar she was – peculiar in the sense of me not really understanding her at first, I guess”. There is no precedent for a black woman making films consistently. “I heard they needed a writer”. “I had this emotional moment when I met her, and we had this great conversation”. You know that’s the reason you’re not happy at school. “It’s about the way we treat each other and how we want to be in this world”. She ignores her schoolwork, is rude to her teachers, and tackles anyone she hears say anything mean about Charles Wallace. “He can make something that doesn’t work. And I was a little shy in sending him the letter, so I kind of put it to the side”.
The diversity of “A Wrinkle in Time” is a testament to director Ava DuVernay’s commitment to creating films that reflect the real world. But as fans will find out in the film, Mr. Murry didn’t leave his family, he was taken. Advance screening attendees have been allowed to discuss the film on social media, but response on Twitter has been sparse and mixed. They say you can’t go to our colleges, okay well we’ll make HBCU’s. “It is what it is”. In the same vein as Black Panther and its praise for not only a captivating storyline but the genetic makeup of its star-studded cast, DuVernay also praised her film’s strides in representation.
“I’ll always direct things but who knows if that price point ever comes again”.