Sundance prize-winning filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu has unveiled new particulars about her forthcoming characteristic for Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw and Common that we advised you about first in January.
Whereas info on the horror movie had beforehand been scarce, we now know that it’s going to in some kind adapt Jusu’s personal quick movie Suicide by Daylight, which world premiered on the Sundance Movie Pageant in 2019. “My undertaking with Monkeypaw is an enlargement of a brief movie I made referred to as Suicide by Daylight,” the multi-hyphenate mentioned at present, “about day-walking Black vampires who’re shielded from the solar by their melanin.”
Jusu’s feedback got here throughout a panel on the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, as a part of Deadline’s Contenders Movie: Los Angeles awards-season showcase. It’s unclear how carefully her new characteristic will hew to the story of her acclaimed quick. However the authentic piece, set in a near-future New York Metropolis, extra particularly tells the story of Valentina (Natalie Paul), who finds it troublesome to suppress her bloodlust when a brand new lady is launched to her estranged twin daughters.
Jusu’s characteristic adaptation is being made below Monkeypaw’s total deal at Common. The filmmaker will adapt the screenplay with Fredrica Bailey.
Jusu additionally at present mentioned the brand new Night time of the Residing Lifeless movie that she’s been tapped to helm for Village Roadshow Footage, Chris Romero and the late George A. Romero’s Sanibel Movies, Origin Story, Vertigo and Westbrook Studios, as we have been first to report. “The unique made social commentary about racism and classism and all of the -isms, and the most effective zombie movies make commentary on humanity,” famous the director. “I’ve the blessing from…George Romero’s property, and in order that feels actually good as a result of it feels natural.” Jusu will helm that title from a script by The Strolling Lifeless‘s LaToya Morgan.
Jusu’s Saturday look at Deadline’s Contenders got here in assist of her characteristic directorial debut, Nanny, which this yr turned the primary horror movie to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. (Jusu on the identical time turned simply the second Black feminine filmmaker to say the award.) The upcoming movie penned by Jusu follows the Senegalese immigrant nanny Aisha (Diop), watching as she makes an attempt to piece collectively a brand new life in New York Metropolis whereas caring for the kid of an Higher East Facet household. It’s throughout this time that Aisha is compelled to confront a hid reality that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.
The movie acquired earlier this yr by Amazon Studios and Blumhouse will open in restricted launch on November 23, debuting on Prime Video on December 16.