Jordan Peele has officially joined the upcoming Candyman reboot.
Confirming earlier reports about the project, MGM has announced that it will be partnering up with Monkeypaw Productions’ Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld to collaborate on an update of the 1992 horror classic. Peele, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Get Out, will serve as one of the main producers on the new Candyman. The film will be directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), with filming scheduled to begin sometime in the Spring of 2019.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre," said Peele in a statement. "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.”
The original Candyman starred Tony Todd as the titular supernatural force. The story was based on a short story by horror legend Clive Baker, centering around the vengeful spirit of an African-American man murdered by a lynch mob. Returning as a malevolent and supernatural force, it comes down to a woman studying urban legends in the city (who may have a deeper connection to the Candyman that she even knows) to try and save a child from his wrath.
The film is described by MGM as a “spiritual sequel” to the original, exploring a Chicago that has become increasingly gentrified in the decades since the events of the original movie. If nothing else, the film already has the Tony Todd seal of approval. The film is currently slated to be released by Universal and will premiere Jun. 12, 2020.