Following up on rumours that surfaced a few months ago, it looks like MGM is indeed reviving the Candyman franchise with the help of Jordan Peele. This week they announced that a new movie is in the works and Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a script by Peele and his producing partner Win Rosenfeld. They are being careful not to call it a remake or reboot, instead referring to it as a “spiritual sequel” that will return to the Cabrini-Green housing project area of Chicago which has since been demolished and redeveloped. Peele had this to say about the project:
“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.”
The original 1992 film was directed by Bernard Rose and is often sited as one of the few great horror films of the ’90s, although it spawned two subpar sequels. Peele seems like the right man to resurrect the series although he is keeping pretty busy these days between his Twilight Zone reboot, upcoming horror film Us, HBO series Lovecraft Country and several other projects. The new Candyman is expected to start filming in the spring and already has a release date of June 12th, 2020. Are you looking forward to the return of Candyman?