Classic 1990s horror franchise Candyman is about to sharpen its legacy in a reboot from producer Jordan Peele.
It’s been nearly 20 years since Hollywood evoked the vengeance-fueled specter of horror franchise Candyman, but the hiatus is coming to an end. With Hollywood’s reboot/remake epoch showing no signs of slowing down, and the buzz surrounding Blumhouse’s recent Halloween sequel/reboot (check out our Halloween review), it appears that the Candyman’s cinematic rebirth is nigh.
Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions are conjuring a new Candyman movie. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The film is a “spiritual sequel” that “returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.”
The project arose after the rights–originally held by the now-defunct PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and distributed by Tri-Star–recently became available. MGM will produce with Monkeypaw, with Universal Pictures set to distribute. Filming has begun in Chicago.
Candyman Remake Cast
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will become your new Candyman, according to Variety. It’s just the latest casting coup for the momentum-riding New Orleans-born actor, who recently made a (literal) splash on the big screen as signature comic book villain Black Manta in December’s Aquaman, with sequel prospects glistening. Abdul-Mateen is also set for another DC Comics live-action interpretation as part of the cast of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen TV series. Interestingly, his casting in this Jordan Peele-produced Candyman project will be a quick reunion, since he’s already banked an appearance in Peele’s second horror movie, Us.
The film also stars Teyonah Parris in an unspecified role. Parris has recently broken out with a memorable role in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. She also is set to appear in Marvel’s WandaVision.
Also appearing in the film is Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits, the upcoming Dracula) and Colman Domingo (Euphoria, If Beale Street Could Talk).
Candyman Remake Release Date
Candyman is set to unleash wanton vengeance on June 12, 2020.
Candyman Remake Details
The film is another horror/suspense project for Peele, who has parlayed success from horror thriller Get Out – which earned three Oscar nods and a Best Original Screenplay win for Peele – into a genre run (amongst several other projects,) that continued with Us, and the television reboot of The Twilight Zone. Peele is producing the project, which he co-wrote alongside Win Rosenfield. Nia DaCosta is of course directing, her second film after the searing Little Woods, which starred Tessa Thompson and Lily James.
The project would serve as Peele’s first offering in the traditional recurring-killer-centric horror franchise films. The original 1992 movie – written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on Clive Barker’s short story from his Books of Blood collection, “The Forbidden” – starred Tony Todd as the titular hook-handed undead urban legend boogeyman who spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.
The movie’s twist on Barker’s white-and-blonde boogeyman added a socio-political layer by reinventing the killer as a black man – lynched back in 1890, suffering a severed hand before being smothered with honey and stung to death by bees – who manifests in the Second City as the Candyman, a vengeful spirit that, in urban legend fashion, can be summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror. Virginia Madsen starred in the first film as Helen Lyle, a graduate student researching urban legends whose curiosity becomes consequential.
Candyman was not a runaway box office success and yielded about $25.8 million in its domestic-only release. However, it was successful enough to justify a theatrically-released sequel in 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, which only grossed $13.9 million, leading to its final entry, the 1999 straight-to-video sequel, Candyman: Day of the Dead. Tony Todd played the spectral serial killer in all three films.
We’ll keep you updated on the Candyman reboot movie as things develop!