Film & TV
Nia DaCosta Becomes First Black Female Director To Top US Box Office
Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman‘ has become the first film featuring a black female director to reach the top spot at the US box office.
According to The New York Post, Candyman opened with an impressive $22.3 million this past weekend.
Candyman is a sequel to the 1992 original horror, directed by Bernard Rose. The new film, co-written by the likes of DaCosta, Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfield, follows a Chicago graduate student, whose thesis project on urban legends unwittingly unleashes Candyman.
DaCosta’s new film has also had the second-highest grossing opening weekend for a film directed by a black woman. First place is claimed by Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, with third secured by Tina Gordon’s Little.
Nia DaCosta’s continues to break ground with her next feature, The Marvels – a sequel to 2019’s ‘Captain Marvel‘. She will be the first black woman to direct a Marvel superhero film.
Production on the Disney/Marvel project is already underway, with an anticipated November 2022 release date. Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris and Iman Vellani will star.
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