Well, like it or loath it, this much mooted Candyman remake is now 100% happening. ‘Deadline’ reports that Nia DaCosta [Little Woods] will be directing from a screenplay by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, and that it will be a “spiritual sequel” that returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini Green housing projects once stood. Says co-writer and producer Jordan Peele in the press release:
“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 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.”
I much prefer the idea of a kind of sequel to a straight remake, and returning to a much changed Cabrini Green is a nice idea. But I dunno….viewing and reviewing Bernard Rose’s 1990 original not that long ago convinced me even more than before that it’s one of the finest horror films of the ’90s….though I’m sure Peele and co. will be able to better the two previous sequels. Of course a great deal will hinge on who plays this most intriguing of bogeymen. Some fans are calling for Tony Todd to return, but he really is a bit too old sadly.
MGM will release this on June 12, 2020.