Speaking at the New Yorker festival on Saturday, director Ave DuVernay expressed doubts about how her upcoming adaptation A Wrinkle in Time will be received by audiences.
We’re really really in the weeds on trying to finish the movie right now. I love it, but I don’t know how it’s going to be received. I feel something very deep in my gut when Oprah’s voice says, ‘There’s a darkness in the world and the only one who can stop it is …’ smash cut to a black girl. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know if people are going to feel that like I feel that.
DuVernay’s doubts stem from the fact that the film centers around a girl of color literally saving the world.
It is front and center. She is hopping planets and flying and saving the freakin’ world. She’s saving the world. Saving the world from darkness, and in the film, darkness is defined as the darkness within us. She’s saving us from ourselves. It’s deep.
DuVernay notes that her uncertainty also derives from the fact that a planet created by her, a black woman from Compton, will look very different from the worlds created by her ‘white male counterparts,’ which, she adds, ‘we’ve seen 97% of the time’ and are used to seeing. ‘So is this going to be as fallible, as interesting, as intriguing?’ she asks. ‘These are all questions that we’ve only barely been able to ask with Patty Jenkins’s great work in Wonder Woman. What do worlds through a woman visionary’s lens even look like?’
We’re sure DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, which has already made history as the first film with a budget of over $100 million to be directed by a woman of color, will take us to new and wonderful places. We can’t wait for next spring! In the mean time, pick up your copy of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel here!
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