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Nia DaCosta to Direct Ta-Nehisi Coates Adaptation ‘The Water Dancer’

Nia DaCosta has set her next movie with MGM’s adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-seller The Water Dancer. The project will be produced by Maceo-Lyn and Plan B, as well as Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films. (The Water Dancer was the first book to be featured in Oprah’s Book Club, a partnership with Apple.) Coates penned the […]

‘The Marvels’ Director Nia DaCosta on Why Thanos’ Snap Was “All” Captain America’s Fault

Nia DaCosta has chosen a side in the debate about which Avenger’s decision ultimately led to Thanos’ success — and her finger is pointed directly at Captain America. In a recent interview with Roxane Gay for Inverse, the Marvels director discussed the nature of (and connection between) unwilling martyrs in both her recent horror film […]

Vanessa E. Williams on How ‘Candyman’ Reframes the Original

Candyman — both 1992’s Bernard Rose-directed original and Nia DaCosta’s recently released spiritual sequel — has always been a story about framing. Cinema’s first major Black movie monster, the towering hooked specter — arguably a metaphor for white America’s fear of the Black man — can only be called up by looking at your own […]

Unpacking ‘Candyman’ and Its Darkest Revelation

[This story contains spoilers for Candyman.] He is the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, he is nothing. Director Nia DaCosta doesn’t merely write or whisper, she paints a large canvas encompassing generations of trauma, and then proceeds to shout the name from the rooftops: Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. […]

Box Office: ‘Candyman’ to Scare Up $20M-Plus Debut, ‘Free Guy’ Looks at No. 2 Spot

As the delta variant continues to surge across much of the country — and after the National Association of Theater Owners descended on Las Vegas for CinemaCon— the box office enters another weekend in uncertain times, but with a big debut. The only new wide release, R-rated horror Candyman, opens on roughly 3,400 screens in […]

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in ‘Candyman’: Film Review

The rising star plays a contemporary Chicago artist whose fascination with an urban legend leads him down a terrifying path in Nia DaCosta’s reboot, co-written by Jordan Peele.