‘New Gods’: Tom King Talks Writing With Director Ava DuVernay

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Tom King, writer of Mister Miracle, appears to be very enthusiastic to work with Ava DuVernay on New Gods to explore that character and several others on the big screen.

Speaking to Publishers Weekly, Tom King explained that he feels honored not only to bring the works of Jack Kirby to life in a new fashion, but also to collaborate with director Ava DuVernay. While Ava DuVernay has only attempted one blockbuster (A Wrinkle in Time, which is seen as a low point in her body of work), all of her other works have been met with consistent critical acclaim.

You can read Tom King’s quote about writing New Gods below:

“I feel like I have this genius, Jack Kirby, who created this [series] and this genius Ava DuVernay. I see them as parallel figures, both taking their uniquely American backgrounds and using them to push American art forward into places it’s never been before. I feel like it’s my job to bring those two geniuses to together and to make it work.”

Ava DuVernay chose to work on New Gods based on her interest in the mythology and the character of Big Barda. Given that Tom King has experience writing that character, and several others in that particular corner of the DC Universe, his inclusion in the creative proces is a shrewd one that seems to ensure that their collaboration seems likely to succeed. It will be interesting to see how Tom King approaches working on a screenplay, as this will be his first.

Ava DuVernay is set to direct New Gods from a script written by Tom King. The director boarded the project in the spring of 2018 and with Tom King now attached, the film finally appears to be moving forward.

Plot details remain under wraps, however, the film will be based on characters created and designed by Jack Kirby. Ava DuVernay has previously teased Big Barda, along with Highfather, Orion and even Darkseid for the New Gods film as well. The film has been rumored to focus on Mister Miracle and Big Barda trying to escape the hellish planet known as Apokolips. There will also be political conflict between Apokolips and its rival world New Genesis.

Warner Bros. and DC Films have many other projects in development, including The Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, and Supergirl.

New Gods does not yet have a release date.

Source: Publishers Weekly