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Entertainment Weekly


Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color to direct a $100 million film

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The news that Ava DuVernay was directing the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time was exciting enough, but it just got even better: The Los Angeles Times reports that, with this film, she will become the first woman of color to direct a live-action movie with a budget of more than $100 million.

“Not the first capable of doing so,” she tweeted in response to the news Wednesday. “Not by a long shot. Thanks to @DisneyStudios for breaking the glass with me.”

DuVernay previously directed 2014’s Oscar-winning Selma and is currently working on OWN series Queen Sugar, which has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its fall premiere dateShe’ll be directing A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 novel of the same name, from a script by Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee.

She further commented on the milestone in a response to a tweet that said, “There have been 335 films made for 100 million dollars or more. Not ONE was directed by a black woman, until [DuVernay’s] A Wrinkle in Time.” DuVernay responded, “A shame. Hollywood and audiences have missed some wonderful voices. High hopes for change.”

The release date for A Wrinkle in Time hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s supposed to arrive sometime in 2017. See DuVernay’s tweets below.