MGM is partnering up with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, through their Monkeypaw Productions, to produce a re-imagining of the 1992 horror hit “Candyman”. The film will be adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden” and the crew is coming together nicely.
The release date and the director was confirmed today by Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. The studio is calling the film a “spiritual sequel” to the original, the story will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
According to the studio, production is expected to begin in the Spring of 2019.
DaCosta’s feature film debut, “Little Woods,” starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and earned her the coveted Nora Ephron Award. Peele wrote and directed the critically claimed “Get Out” which earned $250M worldwide for Universal Pictures and earned four Academy Awards nominations including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and earned Peele the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
“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 Glickman.
“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,” said Peele.
Universal Pictures will release Candyman theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020.