Get Out’s Jordan Peele has been quite the accomplished producer lately via his production company Monkeypaw Productions. Recently with his Twilight Zone reboot series off the ground at CBS All Access and is pursuing multiple film projects.
One of those film projects is a Candyman relaunch/spiritual sequel for MGM Studios (handling finance and production) and Universal Pictures (handling distribution) based on the 1992 film written by Clive Barker. It’s actually one of the very few horror films from that era that is genuinely creepy despite it’s 1990s setting.
Variety is reporting that it’s found a director with Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) set to helm the horror flick.
“Little Woods” director and writer Nia DaCosta has been tapped to helm “Candyman,” a new retelling of the classic horror pic with Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and MGM producing. The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Production is expected to begin next spring. Universal Pictures will release the movie theatrically on June 12, 2020.
They also included a statement from Jordan Peele.
“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 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,”
Production is expected to begin in the spring and we assume that since the film’s setting is in Chicago they could easily shoot the film at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.
If successful, there is a good chance the horror film could spawn into multiple sequels, given the popularity of genre lately.
Candyman has landed an official release date from Universal Pictures of 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.