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Jordan Peele producing Candyman "Spiritual Sequel"; DaCosta to Direct

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“Little Woods” director and writer Nia DaCosta has been tapped to helm “Candyman,” a new retelling of the classic horror pic with Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and MGM producing.

The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Production is expected to begin next spring. Universal Pictures will release the movie theatrically on June 12, 2020.

“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win, and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material, but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” said MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman.

 

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I was gonna send you this story yesterday! I'm so glad we actually watched the original this October. I am 100% down for a remake because this one actually warrants it. It had some genuinely terrifying moments, really decent jump scares, etc. but it was absolutely a victim of its time. I don't know DaCosta's work at all, her IMDB doesn't have much on it, but I'm interested to see her take! It would be interesting to have more of a female writer/director presence in horror.

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Jordan Peele-Produced ‘Candyman’ Heads To Fall
More betting by the major studios that moviegoing occurs later this season in the coronavirus climate, than earlier this summer as Universal/MGM’s Candyman reboot moves from June 12 to Sept. 25.
Universal dropped a trailer back in February for the re-imagining of the 1990s horror franchise about a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, who is accidentally summoned to reality when people say his name five times in the mirror. Pic is billed as a spiritual sequel to the 1992 original but is set in a now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.
Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead). Nia DaCosta directs. Peele, DaCosta, and Win Rosenfield wrote, with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions producing with Bron Creative.

Uni also announced today that Will Packer produced musical romance feature Praise This is currently unset with Candyman now on that pic’s original Sept. 25 date.

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