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While A Wrinkle in Time has not had the best critical reception, it is quite clear that the director of the film, Ava DuVernay, is going to be a big force in the entertainment industry for many years to come. She has already made fantastic films in the form of Selma and the documentary 13th. In the realm of television, she was the creator of Queen Sugar which has been lauded for its authenticity and strong performances. It was recently announced that she will be directing a New Gods film for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
Central Park Five
As we can see, Ava DuVernay’s career is going very well and, in an appearance on Variety’s Playback podcast, she gave some more details on another upcoming project. It was announced last year that Ava would be writing and directing a five-episode limited series about the Central Park Five, a group of five men who were wrongfully convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in April 1989.
This is what Ava DuVernay had to say on the project and its development:
“I had a writers room going while I was in post on Wrinkle. I’m rewriting some stuff, writing three of the five episodes, and we’re casting. Our breakdown just went out for the five boys which is really hard to find, those five young boys. They were 13 and 14 when they were convicted of a crime they didn’t commit and sent off to all of these horrible places. So I’ll be doing that next. Five hours for Netflix, and we start that in the summer. Bradford Young’s shooting it […] We’re just gonna get back into it and tell these stories of these families, it’s really the families. But it’s a beautiful story.”
“Each boy is the center for an hour, so they each get their own hour as the film is progressing. So the case is progressing but each hour another boy’s more prominent until you get to the fifth boy at the end.”
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