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Black Voices: Nia Dacosta leaves her mark as first Black female to direct a No. 1 film

<p>&quot;Little Woods&quot; writer and director Nia DaCosta speaks with press about her film during the Los Angeles Pink Carpet Premiere of &quot;Little Woods&quot; April 1, 2019, in Los Angeles.</p>

"Little Woods" writer and director Nia DaCosta speaks with press about her film during the Los Angeles Pink Carpet Premiere of "Little Woods" April 1, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Nia DaCosta became the first Black woman to direct and debut a No. 1 film in the U.S. box office, representing how Black women are showing up and showing out in the film industry. 

Her movie “Candyman is a classic horror film which hit theaters Aug. 27th. The movie ended the weekend with over $22 million in sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

The movie’s box office success is monumental in DaCosta’s career. It is especially impressive considering we are still in the COVID-19 pandemic and theaters finally opened up after being closed for a year. The original release date was June 2020, but the film release was pushed back three times due to concerns regarding the pandemic.

Despite COVID-19 complications, her film still grossed over $40 million in worldwide sales on a $25 million budget. 

“Candyman” is the fourth film of the series, based on the original 1992 urban legend “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The 2021 film is considered a spiritual sequel to the original.

 The film starting DaCosta’s career rise was the 2018 indie film “Little Woods.” Afterward, more producers recognized her talent, including Jordan Peele, who hand-picked her to direct “Candyman” after she co-wrote and directed Get Out with Peele.

DaCosta is set to direct the sequel to Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” according to Deadline. Her position working on a Marvel movie will continue to increase diversity both on and off the Marvel sets. DaCosta will be the first Black woman to direct a Marvel movie. 

With this new project, she is moving away from horror and into a lighter story. 

“It’s a lot less traumatizing to work on for sure,” DaCosta said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s more freedom than I’ve had for anything.”

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