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Fans happily welcomed Candyman director Nia DaCosta back to Twitter with open arms, after this week’s trailer release for the reimagined version of the 1992 horror classic.
The 29-year old screenwriter directed and co-wrote the film with Oscar-winning Get Out filmmaker Jordan Peele, but took a break from social media in October 2019 to focus on the film.
“Deactivated my twitter so I could focus on editing Candyman and I’ve returned and all of my followers and people I’m following are gone! I can handle losing followers but my carefully curated follow list? Oy vey,” DaCosta said.
Fans followed up with “We here, sis” and numerous “Welcome back” tweets, praising DaCosta for the trailer and its use of the slowed-down version of 1999 Destiny’s Child classic “Say My Name.”
Black Girl Nerd founder Jaime Broadnax said, “The trailer was brilliant Nia. We can’t wait to see the film.” Another tweeted, “Welcome back! Your last movie was great and your new movie looks great!”, referring to DaCosta’s film Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson.
DaCosta’s social media return also earned her some new followers, including one that tweeted, “I just followed you! Thank you for bringing Candyman back.”
In a Q&A session ahead of the Candyman trailer’s premiere, DaCosta told media that the film’s star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, is a reflection of the new Candyman and that there would be “plenty of gore” in the new film, described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original.
1992’s Candyman followed the son of a slave who became an artist. He was later mutilated and killed by a lynch mob hired by his lover’s father, prompting his spirit to seek revenge.
Candyman will be in hits theaters this summer on June 12th.
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