Jordan Peele has found his next horror project as he will bring ‘Candyman’ back to life on the big screen in 2020…
Jordan Peele said Candyman’s name five times and now he’s resurrecting the urban horror icon for a new sequel.
On Tuesday it was confirmed that Peele would produce and co-write a script for a ‘spiritual sequel’ to the ‘Candyman’ series that first launched in 1992 starring Tony Todd in the lead role.
Based on a Clive Barker short story called ‘The Forbidden’, ‘Candyman’ told the tale of a murdered son of a slave who returns from the dead as a supernatural killer as he haunts a poor neighborhood in Chicago. The urban legend of the Candyman is saying his name five times will make him appear.
Nia DaCosta, who received rave reviews for her debut project ‘Little Woods’, has been tapped to direct the new ‘Candyman’ sequel.
“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele said in a statement. “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 new ‘Candyman’ will returned to the same Chicago neighborhood that has now been gentrified. There’s no word if Peele intends to bring back Tony Todd in a starring role.
Production on the new ‘Candyman’ film is expected to start next year with a June 12, 2020 release date planned in theaters.