Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele is set to produce a new Candyman film.
MG has announced that Peele will be producing a “spiritual sequel” to the ’92 horror film, which starred Tony Todd as a one-armed killer that appears after you say his name five times in front of a mirror. Virginia Madsen played a skeptic grad student researching the supposed myth. This follow-up will feature a new story and will again be set in Chicago.
Set to direct the new film is Nia DaCosta, a newcomer who recently made her feature directorial debut with the western-drama Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson, Lily James and James Badge Dale. That film has been on the festival circuit since premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele said in a statement. “Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as a 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.”
Added MGM Production Chief Jon Glickman: “We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans.”
The new Candyman film will be heading into production in the first half of 2019 with a US release date scheduled for June 12, 2020.
And to refresh your memory, here’s a trailer for the original Candyman, which was based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. Two ill-received sequels – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (’95) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (’99) – followed: