Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu has revealed new details about her upcoming feature film for Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw and Universal that we told you about in January.
While information about the horror film was scarce, we now know that it will adapt Jusu’s short in some form. suicide in the sunwhich had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. “My project with Monkeypaw is an extension of a short film that I directed and titled suicide in the sun“, said the multi-hyphen at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards season event today, “about black vampires who walk by day and are protected from the sun by their melanin”.
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It’s unclear how close Jusu’s new feature will be to the story of his acclaimed short. But the original play, set in near-future New York City, more specifically tells the story of Valentina (Natalie Paul), who struggles to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her twin daughters. separated.
The feature adaptation is ongoing as part of Monkeypaw’s overall deal at Universal. Jusu’s filmmaker will adapt the screenplay with Fredrica Bailey.
Jusu also today discussed the new night of the living dead film she has been tapped to direct for Village Roadshow Pictures, Chris Romero and the late George A. Romero’s Sanibel Films, Origin Story, Vertigo and Westbrook Studios, as we were first to report. “The original made social commentary on racism and classism and all the -isms, and the best zombie movies make commentary on humanity,” the director noted. “I have the blessing of…the estate of George Romero, and so it feels really good because it feels organic.” Jusu will be directing this title from a script by The Walking DeadThis is LaToya Morgan.
Jusu’s Contenders appearance came in support of her directorial debut, Nanny, which this year became the first horror film to win the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. (Jusu concurrently became the second black filmmaker to claim the award.) The upcoming Jusu-penned film follows Senegalese immigrant nanny Aisha (Diop), watching her attempt to piece together a new life in New York while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family. It is during this time that Aisha is forced to face a hidden truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.
The film acquired earlier this year by Amazon Studios and Blumhouse, will be released in limited release on November 23 and will debut on Prime Video on December 16.
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