Deadline has reported that Nia Da Costa, the director of 2019’s Clive Barker horror reboot ‘CandyMan’ will helm the upcoming Marvel sequel ‘Captain Marvel 2’, which is set for release on July 8, 2022. DaCosta takes the reins from writing/directing duo Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck who helmed 2019’s Captain Marvel; which grossed $1.1 billion worldwide.
Depending on when Ava DuVernay’s DC movie, New Gods, opens, DaCosta may become the first black woman to helm a major theatrical superhero movie. Her joining the ranks of MCU directors speaks further to Marvel Studios’ commitment to inclusivity following the conclusion of the Infinity Saga with Avengers: Endgame (2019). DaCosta joins newcomers Cate Shortland (Black Widow), Chloe Zhao (Eternals), Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and returning directors Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther II) as filmmakers whose hiring promises a departure from Marvel Studios’ existing filmography, which has largely been dominated by white, male directors. Based on Little Woods, and what’s been seen from her highly anticipated Candyman remake, DaCosta’s take on Captain Marvel 2 doesn’t just hold the potential to bring a dynamic new energy behind the camera, but onscreen as well.
Produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, US) with Jason Blum for his studio Blumhouse (in association with MGM); and directed by Nia DaCosta (Top Boy, Crossing the Line), ‘CandyMan’ will be a direct sequel to the original 1992 film and has been described as a spiritual sequel. This upcoming release got pushed back from June to September 25, 2020 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
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