A new "Candyman" is happening. (Just don't say that name three times in front of a mirror.)
Jordan Peele, who won an original screenplay Oscar for "Get Out," will co-write the sequel with Win Rosenfeld (a producer on "BlacKkKlansman" and the upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot).
Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods") will direct the "spiritual sequel" to the original, which is also set in Chicago. The Cabrini-Green projects Candyman used to haunt are gone but, of course, his vengeful ghost lives on.
Tony Todd played the hook-wielding villain in the 1992 film and its 1995 sequel, "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh."
It doesn't sound like the actor (whose other films include the 2007 "Night of the Living Dead," the "Final Destination" series and "The Rock") is going to be back as the iconic character, though. It's hard to imagine anyone as imposing as the 6'-5" actor, who turns 64 on December 4. We await news on casting.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” said Peele. "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."
"Candyman" was based on Barker's short story "The Forbidden."
DaCosta tweeted, "I am so, so, so pleased to be working with Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and the whole Monkeypaw team! 'Candyman' was a seminal film for me and that I get to be to be a part of its legacy is pretty unbelievable. Can't wait!!"
Production is expected to begin in Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release "Candyman" in the U.S. on June 12, 2020.