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from Facebook: Ava Duvernay will be first African American woman to direct $100-million film

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  • LaSargenta

    Now I’m not as dismayed by A Wrinkle In Time movie. This was very good news!

  • leah

    Same here, my fave book as a kid along with Watership Down, seems like a good fit.

  • Bluejay

    Very happy for DuVernay, and very happy about the progress.

    But: $100 million for A Wrinkle in Time? I know the book has a devoted core readership, but I haven’t gotten the sense that it’s struck the same deep pop-cultural chord as, say, Hunger Games, or that mass audiences will flock to a movie version. (They certainly didn’t for The BFG.) I hope it’s profitable; I’m afraid the studio will blame DuVernay if it isn’t.

  • RogerBW

    The Percy Jackson films got $95 and $90 mil, in 2010 and 2013, and they didn’t have much of a built-in audience either.

  • Bluejay

    The first Percy Jackson book sold 1.2 million copies between publication and the film release five years later, so it was a current bestseller before the movie.

  • Nathan

    I’m seeing this, even if it sucks I’ll still watch it twice. Once for each Bay film I saw in theaters. I just hope Disney let’s it be weird.

  • Tonio Kruger

    You must be psychic, Bluejay. As much as I liked the book when I was younger, I had my doubts that any book with so obvious a Cold War context could be that easily translated to something today’s younger audiences could appreciate. (And of course, it didn’t help that most of the reviews I’ve read — even from liberal sources — tended to be rather meh about it once they got past the representation issue.)

    Sure it has a great cast. But we’re all seen movies with great casts flop hard at the box office. And apparently that’s what it did.

    Oh, well. At least the original novel is still available. Though the fact that author Madeleine L’Engle — the J.K. Rowling of her day — was so rarely mentioned by most modern folks prior to this movie seems kinda depressing.

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