Nia DaCosta, writer and director of “Little Woods” has been tapped to direct a reimagining of the horror classic CANDYMAN. The film will also be produced by Jordan Peele, following his success with “Get Out”, Win Rosenfeld and MGM.
There’s not any official synopsis as of yet, but from the sounds of it the film is in good hands with Peele. In a recent interview he said, “The original film was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre.” In the interview, Peele also mentions how the original film was an inspiration to him as a filmmaker. Peele even gave credit to George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead for being an inspirational vehicle for himself as well.
Peele sounds like he his really looking forward to introducing a new generation to the Clive Barker mythos. “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,” Peele said.
The film is described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original and will be returning to the neighborhood of Cabrini-Green, where the legend began. Production is set to begin next spring and Universal Studios is set to release the film June 12, 2020.
CANDYMAN was originally released October 16,1992. The film is based on a short story “The Forbidden” by horror maestro, Clive Barker. The plot followed a skeptical graduate student, Virginia Madsen, while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. Helen learns about the legend of Candyman (Tony Todd),an artist and son of a slave who had his hand severed and was then murdered.
Article written by Daniel Bowers