We may have just celebrated Thanksgiving here in Chicago, but if you took a look outside tonight you’d think it’s Halloween! All the good little boys and girls are walking door to door as their neighbors give sweets to the sweet. There’s a faint smell of honey in the air, and all over the city curtains have been draped over mirrors. Why is this happening, you may ask? Quite simply, The Candyman is coming back to town.
We reported in September that Jordon Peele (Get Out) and his production company were in talks to spearhead a Candyman revival. Talks have ended, and the remight has become a rewill. Today Monkeypaw Productions announced that the studio will produce a new take on Candyman. Director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will helm the film, working from a screenplay co-written by Peele and Win Rosenfeld. Shooting is slated to start next spring, with Universal Pictures set to release the movie theatrically in June, 2020.
“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend,” said Peele.
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Described as a “Spiritual Sequel” to Bernard Rose’s 1992 original, this Candyman returns to Chicago and the neighborhood where the nightmare began. But the city has changed in the past 26 years, placing the film in the now-gentrified area where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
As a die-hard Candyman fan, I’m having a hard time putting my excitement into words. In the hands of a lesser production house, I would be worried. But if there’s one thing you can say about Jordan Peele, it’s that he’s got the writing chops to give the Candyman his due. You don’t have to take my word for it. Our very own DeVaughn Taylor spoke with the Horror Icon Tony Todd himself at the world premiere of Hell Fest. When asked about a possible Candyman reboot and the film’s legacy, Todd spoke highly of Peele, saying;
…I’m honored. If Jordan wants to do it, do it. I know I’d rather have him do it, someone with intelligence, who’s going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup of who Candyman is and why he existed in the first place. I know he’ll give homage and I know that if it gets made, I’ll have a plate at the table one way or the other.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the mirror here at Nightmare on Film Street. You never know what might come out.