This is history in the making!
When Nia DaCosta first announced that she’d be directing an update of the classic 1992 horror film, “Candyman” fans took to social media to celebrate the huge accomplishment. Little did they know, the pandemic would halt last summer’s plans of a theatrical release.
Unlike her peers, DaCosta stuck to her guns and decided to wait until movie-goers could return to theaters to see the film. The move proved to be worth the wait! Not only did the opening weekend draw in exceptional numbers, but the 31-year-old made history as the first Black female director to debut at No.1 at the U.S. box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, DaCosta’s “Candyman” brought in over $22 million after it hit theaters last Friday (August 27). The film takes place in contemporary Chicago and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who portrays Anthony McCoy, an artist with career aspirations that take him to unsafe places.
Alongside the premiere was a “social impact initiative.” The campaign was created to spark conversation around issues like gentrification which are explored throughout the film.
Prior to “Candyman,” DaCosta directed and co-wrote “Get Out” alongside Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld who also wrote the screenplay for the updated version of the new film.
Despite the fact that she made history in the box office, in a recent interview with The Guardian, DaCosta detailed the racism that she faced as a Black woman director in Hollywood.
“It’s not necessarily overtly racist, but it is shocking the way people have talked to me in my position as a director. People who work for me,” she shared. “Especially on a move like this, where Jordan was the only other person of color at the level of decision-making on the movie. And that’s unacceptable.”
In her next project, DaCosta will shift gear, but will still make history as the first Black woman director of a Marvel movie for the action film, “The Marvels.”
It looks like Nia DaCosta will continue to shake the table in Hollywood and quite frankly, we love to see it!
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