During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, director Ava DuVernay, once considered a front-runner to direct Black Panther, fielded a question about her prior interest in possibly directing the film before it went to Creed helmer, Ryan Coogler.

When asked if she wanted to direct Black Panther, DuVernay had this to say:

“It’s the first major feature film featuring a black superhero, that was really interesting to me. You have to explore all aspects of any kind of directing opportunity and so for me, it wasn’t right for me.”

She followed that up with nothing but praise for Ryan Coogler, confirmed director for Black Panther:

“…but it’s perfect for Ryan Coogler. I mean, perfect for Ryan Coogler, a great friend of mine. He’s already killing it. Every time I talk to him I’m just blown away by some of the things they’re talking about. Fans are over the moon already, I don’t know if you’ve seen the hashtag trending everytime anything Black Panther comes out,

“blackpanthersolit”, I’m the first one out there typing away. I’m already in line actually, already in line for Black Panther, so

excited for it.”

DuVernay currently produces Queen Sugar alongside Oprah Winfrey for OWN. DuVernay’s other credits include directing Selma, a bio-pic based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting right marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. that was nominated for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. She is next set to go behind the camera for Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” adaption.

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, was written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole and is slated for release on February 16th, 2018. Production is expected to kick off in the new year.

Source: Wall Street Journal.