MGM and Universal Pictures confirmed that principal photography on “Candyman” started in Chicago this week. The movie is next thriller from Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Euphoria).

Peele and Rosenfeld wrote the script, with Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) set to direct. The studio describes the new “Candyman” movie as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film by Bernard Rose, originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden. Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd starred in the original movie, which opened in fourth place behind “Under Siege,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “The Mighty Ducks” with a $5.4M debut. The film had a slow start in theaters but made over $25.7M domestically. Bill Condon directed “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh” in 1995, which made $6M on its debut before grossing $13.9M domestically.

The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. release date slated for June 12, 2020.  

The June 2020 box office still has empty slots, but “Candyman” will hit the theaters only one-week after Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984.”Judd Apatow’s Pete Davidson comedy is scheduled to release the following week, and “In the Heights” and “Top Gun Maverick” hits theaters on June 26th. The box office release scheduled could change over the next year, but right now there are already several expected hits positioning to become the next summer blockbuster.

Under the Monkeypaw Productions banner, Jordan Peele wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed blockbuster “Get Out,” which received four Academy Award nominations and earned Peele the Oscar for his screenplay. Most recently, Monkeypaw produced Peele’s second original feature, “Us” starring Lupita Nyong’o. In 2018, the company produced Spike Lee’s “BlackkKlansman,” the true story of an African-American detective who infiltrated the KKK. Monkeypaw is also working on the stop-motion animated feature, “Wendell & Wild,” from director Henry Selick for Netflix.

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