Nia DaCosta has inked another huge movie deal. Nia DaCosta is tapped to direct the Captain Marvel sequel. Deadline reports that Marvel head Kevin Feige met with several potential directors over the weekend, but DaCosta was a favorite for some time.
DaCosta will take over for Anna Bodn and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first Captain Marvel, which massive box office success. It was released in March 2019. And it grossed $1.13 billion worldwide, making it the first female-led superhero film to pass the billion-dollar mark.
The budget for the Captain Marvel sequel is unknown, we can bank that DaCosta will secure the biggest-budgeted film to be helmed by a black female director. Ava DuVernay currently holds that record with A Wrinkle in Time, which was budgeted for $115 million.
In the first film, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers was a human who becomes involved in the war between two alien races, the Kree and shape-shifting Skrulls. Surviving an explosion tied to an alien engine imbued her with incredible power, turning her into Captain Marvel and making her one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Larson will return for the sequel and Megan McDonnell is penning the script.
Nia DaCosta oins Chloe Zhao and Cathy Yan as the third to direct a huge comic book adaptation. Zhao directed Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals and Cathy Yan directed DC’s Birds of Prey.
DaCosta has been on the rise since directing the indie Little Woods. The critically acclaimed film starred Tessa Thompson with Lily James and put her on Hollywood’s radar. Including Jordan Peele, who hand-picked her to direct his Candyman retelling. Prior to her 2019 Indie, she directed a couple of episodes of excellent British crime drama Top Boy.