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– by Emmanuel Gomez

Back in 1992 Bernard Rose directed a Gothic horror film that was based on the short story titled “The Forbidden,” written by Clive Barker titled, Candyman. This classic slasher film follows a graduate student in Chicago, who is working on a thesis on urban legends. This leads her to the legend of “Candyman”, who is the ghost of a slave who was murdered in the late 19th century with a hook for a hand, for his relationship with a white woman. The legend says that if the word “Candyman” is said five times into a mirror, it summons his spirit and takes the life of whoever summoned him. Although there were two other sequels released by Sony in 1995 and 1999, neither of them did as well as the original film.

Now via Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, otherwise known as MGM, as well as Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions we will be getting a what is being called a “spiritual sequel” to the original 1992 Candyman film. It is written by Peele and Rosenfeld and is being directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta. The entire film will be shot in Chicago and feature a variety of locations throughout the city including the area where the legend was born which is now a gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing project once stood. Principle photography for the film began yesterday with a U.S. release date slated for June 12th, 2020 via Universal Pictures.

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Along with a lineup of local actors from the Chicago area, Candyman has signed on Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo to star in the film. Joining director DaCosta on the film will be executive producer David Kern, director of photography John Guleserian, production-designer Cara Brower, costume designer Lizzie Cook and VFX supervisor James McQuaide. Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw and Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s co-president of production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s vice president of production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

If there is anyone who can bring back this cult classic horror film back into the spotlight, it would be Peele, who under the Monkeypaw Production banner was able to write, direct and produce the critically acclaimed film, Get Out. Recently, he also had his second original feature under the same banner titled Us starring Lupita Nyong’o. Other than the fact that this film is a sequel to the original Candyman film not much else is known. We will keep an ear out for more details as they are revealed.

Are you ready for a sequel for Candyman? Let us know in the comment section below!

Universal Pictures’ Candyman is scheduled to haunt theaters June 12th, 2020.

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Source: MGM