Candyman (2020)

Candyman, 2020 - Monkeypaw/MGM
Photograph: Parrish Lewis/Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures

A 'spiritual sequel' to Bernard Rose's 1992 Candyman movie is set for release 12 June 2020 - see trailer here.
Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is produced by Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and MGM, and written by Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky and Vanessa Williams (who reprises her role as Anne-Marie McCoy in the original 1992 movie).


Jonathan Glickman (MGM Studios): "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."

Jordan Peele-Produced 'Candyman' Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta

By Justin Kroll, Variety.com, 27 November 2018

Jordan Peele (Writer, Producer): "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."

Jordan Peele-Produced 'Candyman' Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta

By Justin Kroll, Variety.com, 27 November 2018

Nia DaCosta (director): "I think something that we [DaCosta and Jordan Peele] connect on a lot was the way we view horror, and our love of horror. I love Candyman, but also just like breaking down what horror is, how it's represented, what it means, and why it's important. I think we really connected on that, and so that's a lot of what our conversations have been about... that I can tell you (laughs). It's been great. He's a wonderful creator, collaborator, human, artist."

How Candyman's Jordan Peele And Director Nia DaCosta Bonded Through Horror Fandom

By Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend.com, 25 March 2019

Nia DaCosta (director): "I always loved horror when I was younger, I just loved all creepy films. Candyman was one of those movies that scared the shit out of me. I remember it aligning so well with me being in middle school, although it came out a few years before I was in middle school. In the bathroom, people would either say 'Bloody Mary' or 'Candyman.' Today, I understand that it's special because it has a black antagonist in a very white space, which is problematic, but at the time I was like, 'Oh cool, we have black dudes, it’s terrifying. Virginia Madsen, and what, bees? Honey? What's happening?' It was very much of that."

Meet Nia DaCosta, the Director of a Western With Big, Emotional Yee-Haw Energy

By Hunter Harris, Vulture.com, 18 April 2019

Nia DaCosta (director): "I can't say what's happening in the film because we want it to be a surprise, but [Yahya Abdul-Mateen II]'s not replacing Tony Todd. That's been reported, and I was just like, 'I don’t know what to say about this. This is not right.'
"Coming into this situation, where I have my taste and that’s why I was hired, knowing that is what gives me confidence. And being supported by someone like Jordan, who is obviously brilliant, amazing and wonderful, and not just as a creator and filmmaker, but as a person and collaborator, gives me confidence. I’m surrounded by people who trust me, as well, and who are brilliant, and I know that, if I get something a little wrong, the support is there. What’s on the outside and on the inside is what leads to it being possible...
"Oh, man, I love [Clive Barker]'s work a lot, from Abarat to everything else. There’s so much specificity and dark whimsy in his work. Dark whimsy is not the right word, but there’s so much reality and truth in it, at the same time. Being able to take genre and expansive worlds and expansive people, and doing that as well as he’s done it, is a big thing. Also, there’s the weirdness of it that I think is really special, and how specific that weirdness is. That’s what I want to draw into our Candyman."

‘Little Woods’: Tessa Thompson & Writer/Director Nia DaCosta on the Film’s Evolution and Personal Nature

By Christina Radish, Collider.com, 23 April 2019

Ian Cooper (Creative Director Monkeypaw Productions) : "We talk a lot about fans and the idea of appeasing fans and when you do that and how do you do that and when do you not do that...
"I think what we’re trying to do with Candyman is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying... In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we’re doing with Us and did with Get Out in a way that will be circuitous."

'Candyman' Producer Says New Film Will Address Toxic Fandom

By Fred Topel, Deadline.com, 8 June 2019

Bridget Harvey (Twitter Next): re. the Twitter campaign for Candyman's trailer: "We are thrilled to partner with Universal Pictures to usher in a revival of this iconic film with a custom campaign that you can only find on Twitter. People love talking about horror movies. This is an inventive form of storytelling that immerses fans and rewards them with a first look at this highly anticipated sequel."

What Did Twitter Users Summon by Including #Candyman 5 Times in Tweets?

By David Cohen, Adweek.com, 27 February 2020

Justin Pertschuk (Universal Pictures): "We wanted to bring Candyman, and this terrifying legend, back to audiences with a creative campaign that would really get people talking. With Twitter, we designed this first-of-its-kind activation that threads a critical element of the plot through our promotion of the film."

What Did Twitter Users Summon by Including #Candyman 5 Times in Tweets?

By David Cohen, Adweek.com, 27 February 2020

Nia DaCosta (Director): "Gentrification is what helped us reimagine the story because Cabrini-Green is gone. The movie from the '90s has a vision of Cabrini-Green where it's sort of on its way to being knocked down, so going back there and seeing what's happened around that area...
"What we do in our film is talk about the ghosts that are left behind... What we were able to do because 30 years has passed, and because there has been so much change in the neighborhood... was dig into the themes that were already there.... We want to do what the original film did; be audacious, be fun, but also be meaningful."

Candyman Director Says Gentrification Helped Reimagine the New Movie

By Jenna Busch, IGN.com, 28 February 2020

Jordan Peele (Writer, Producer): "[Candyman] was one of the few movies that explored any aspect of the black experience in the horror genre in the '90s when I was growing up in that moment. And so it was a perfect example, an iconic example to me of representation in this genre, and a movie that inspired me... [Nia DaCosta is] uniquely suited to direct this film."

Candyman Director Says Gentrification Helped Reimagine the New Movie

By Jenna Busch, IGN.com, 28 February 2020

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II: "He was a mythical figure in my household. I knew there was a movie, but Candyman was always real. It took on a life of its own. It was one of those things, like the Bloody Mary game, that you didn't play with. You didn't play with Candyman."

The Man in the Mirror

By Chris Hewitt, Empire Magazine, June 2020

Jordan Peele (Writer, Producer): "I think the reason I love the original Candyman is, for better or worse, it broke us out of a box. A Black monster was pretty revolutionary. If there was no Candyman, I don't know that there would be a Get Out.
"How do I tell a story with a Black villain in a world that has exhausted the villainisation of Black people? And yet, this is a piece of representation I crave as a horror fan."

The Man in the Mirror

By Chris Hewitt, Empire Magazine, June 2020

Nia DaCosta (Director): "I read the first draft and thought, 'How do I push this further?'
"There is definitely a sense of taking ownership, and telling a Black story about Black people. It was very important for all of us to have our main character be Black, and for this experience to be through the Black lens. Let's make sure we change the lens now."

The Man in the Mirror

By Chris Hewitt, Empire Magazine, June 2020

Candyman, 2020 - Monkeypaw/MGM

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