Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Becomes First Woman of Color to Direct $100 Million Film

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has met an overdue milestone in Hollywood, and it is well-deserved. Her forthcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time will make her the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of more than $100 million.

The film bringing the 1963 Madeline L’Engle novel to life recently received a tax incentive of $18.1 million from the California Film Commission, per Deadline.

DuVernay is only the third woman to make a film with a $100 million budget. Kathryn Bigelow’s K-19: The Widowmaker from 2002 and Patty Jenkins’ forthcoming Wonder Woman round out the small group.

The filmmaker took to Twitter to express her gratitude.

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DuVernay’s been in high demand since helming projects such as Selma and Queen Sugar.

Hopefully, her breakthrough signals a rising trend in the white-male-dominated film industry.

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