Deadline reports that Ava DuVernay has taken over directorial duties on "Selma" from Daniels. But who exactly is DuVernay? She's the director behind last year's Sundance hit "Middle Of Nowhere," which found her becoming the first black woman to win Best Director at the festival. And it seems the buzz—which included the helmer landing on our On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013—has coalesced in her getting her this gig, which is pretty great step up for the filmmaker.
Even better, Oyelowo (who featured in "Middle Of Nowhere") is still on board to play MLK, with the movie centering on the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965 to help get voting rights for African Americans listed in the Constitution. And given the Supreme Court's recent depressing decision to strike down some parts of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act, a movie about the events that were crucial in shifting public opinion on civil rights overall, seems even more pressing.
No word yet on when this will shoot, but producers are eager to get it moving, hoping to beat the small handful of rival MLK movies including Paul Greengrass' "Memphis" which has Forest Whitaker set to star (itself a project that fell apart and came back together). Hopefully there will be more news to come soon.