Ava DuVernay isn’t afraid of a challenge. She made the leap from mini-budgeted indies (“I Will Follow,” “Middle Of Nowhere“) to directing the $20 million “Selma,” a film about the most important Civil Rights leader of our time, Martin Luther King Jr. And for her next gig, the scope of her storytelling will be even grander.
In an interview with The Guardian, the filmmaker stated that she will be tackling an “eight to 10 episode cable TV series” that she will direct herself. There’s no title, network, or plot details specified, but the show will follow the thematic thread in much of her work and explore “the black experience in America.” And that sounds great. With the new golden age of television in full swing, DuVernay will be joining folks like Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective“) and Steven Soderbergh (“The Knick“), who are not only using the format of television to tell bigger stories, but are taking more control by directing entire seasons on their own. It’s not always a viable option and it requires more production time (which is why “True Detective” season two is going with multiple filmmakers), but it allows for a single voice to really shine through.
We’re eager for more details, but for now the focus shifts back to “Selma” which opens on Christmas Day. Check out a plethora of interviews with the director and cast right here, and new pics from the movie below.