The horror flick is an enormous milestone for the 31-year-old filmmaker: She’s the primary black feminine filmmaker to attain this feat.
“Candyman” is a sequel to the 1992 horror traditional of the identical title. Written by Oscar winner Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, the plot follows Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as an artist who strikes into the primary movie’s gentrified Cabrini-Inexperienced neighborhood along with his girlfriend. The slasher film additionally stars Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen.
The film additionally beat out expectations, in accordance with Selection, because it was projected to earn $15 million in ticket gross sales.
The blowout weekend for “Candyman” additionally marks the second-highest US opening weekend gross ever for a movie directed by a black girl. Ava DuVernay holds the highest spot for 2018’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which grossed $33 million in its opening weekend. It was additionally the primary movie directed by a black girl to go $100 million on the field workplace.
Whereas DaCosta’s achievement is a righteous one, black girls are nonetheless underrepresented on the planet of directing. However DaCosta is on a mission to vary all of that.
The Brooklyn native will make historical past but once more as the primary black girl and the youngest director to direct a Marvel movie with “The Marvels” — the sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel.” The superhero flick is at the moment in manufacturing and can hit theaters in 2022.