There seems to be some understandable confusion about how the new Candyman movie produced by Jordan Peele and directed by Nina DaCosta will address the original film. Many fans are curious if it’s a reboot or sequel, we might have uncovered a piece of that puzzle that leans more in the soft-reboot category.

HN Entertainment has been able to get some information which might shed some light. A supporting character being auditioned is expected to brief one of the main characters on the lore of Cabrini-Green legend Candyman, which will directly establish the original 1992 film and the fate of Helen Lyle as part of this horror universe moving forward.

Audition material removed upon the request of MGM Studios. 

However, the kicker is that this character presenting the exposition to one of the main characters is a reboot of Professor Philip Purcell and is expected to be played by an African-American actor. The character was originally played by Irish actor Michael Culkin in the 1992 film and the 1995 sequel Candyman: Farewell To Flesh.

This would likely be the reasoning behind it being referred to as a “spiritual sequel” rather than a reboot since Tony Todd is expected to reprise the role of Candyman and with Helen Lyle story going to be established in this new movie.

MGM is set to release Candyman on June 12th, 2020.

Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.


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