Said to be a contemporary and "spiritual sequel" to the first movie and returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
Filming is expected to begin sometime in the Spring of 2019.
MGM’s Jon Glickman was quoted saying: "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." (11/27/18)
Producer Jordan Peele was quoted saying: "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." (11/27/18)
Directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods).
This project is co-produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out), who also scripts with Win Rosenfeld.
No word if Tony Todd will return as Candyman, but it seems unlikely.
The original movie was adapted from Clive Barker's story The Forbidden, which saw Tony Todd in the title role as "Candyman," who was an urban legend that would become real when he was summoned to kill the person that says his name five times while facing a mirror.
This is a remake that's being described as a "contemporary and spiritual sequel" to the original.