Ryan Coogler Pens Heartfelt Letter to Ava DuVernay

Wrinkle In Time

Wrinkle In Time

The Ava DuVernay directed film with the star-studded cast helped to make history at the box office this weekend.

IN THIS ISSUE, Victoria Newton Ford writes about Ava DuVernay's forthcoming movie adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's bestselling fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time. "I met her in 2013, but she's one of those people who you feel like you've always known", Coogler began.

A film that depicts a black protagonist-in all her fury, pain, and love-is especially radical, Ford explains, because America has continually "sought to conscript. black [women] into a toolbox for the country's deliverance".

While Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" came in second place at the box office this weekend, the Disney release only opened to $33.3 million against a reported $103 million budget.

DuVernay "makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality" through her work in shows like "Queen Sugar", Coogler wrote.

The two directors are actually friends, and Coogler penned a letter to DuVernay to commemorate her latest film. In his essay, Coogler shouted out the 13th director's decision to mandate "the use of female directors and key creatives a full two years before the great Frances McDormand shared with the world what an inclusion ride was".

Now it looks like the overall weekend will be a photo finish: Wrinkle In Time's estimates are at around $40 million - with Black Panther thought to be cruising towards $37 million.

But above all, it's a film about a little black girl with glasses - like my mom, like my wife, like my big sister Ava - who refuses to accept that her dad is lost.

Plus, A Wrinkle in Time has already made a name for itself due to the fact that by being hired to direct it, Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color to helm a live action movie with a budget exceeding $100 million.

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