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Jordan Peele Explains Why He Didn’t Direct ‘Candyman’

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Jordan Peele Explains Why He Didn’t Direct 'Candyman'

Jordan Peele produced and co-wrote the upcoming Candyman reboot/sequel while Nia DaCosta took on the directing role. Many assumed Peele would have been in charge after directing hit horror films such as Get Out and Us but Peele believes DaCosta was a better fit.

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In an interview with Empire Magazine, Peele explained why he felt DaCosta was up for the task.

Quite honestly, Nia is better to shoot this than I am,” Peele told Empire. “I’m way too obsessed with the original tales in my head. I probably wouldn’t be any good. But Nia has a steady manner about her which you don’t see a lot in the horror space. She’s refined, elegant, every shot is beautiful. It’s a beautiful, beautiful movie. I’m so glad I didn’t mess it up.

DaCosta is known for her work on “Top Boy” and Little Woods but Candyman is her first large scale project. She also spoke with Empire and gave her thoughts on the upcoming movie saying,

There is definitely a sense of taking ownership, and telling a black story about black people,” DaCosta told Empire. “It was very important for all of us to have our main character be black, and for this experience to be through the black lens. Let’s make sure we change the lens now.

The new Candyman film which is being tagged as a “spiritual sequel” to the original is slated to hit theaters on September 25th, 2020.

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