Candyman (2020 film)

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Directed byNia DaCosta
Produced by
Written by
  • Jordan Peele
  • Win Rosenfeld
Based onCharacters by Clive Barker
CinematographyJohn Guleserian
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 2020 (2020-06-12)
CountryUnited States

Candyman is an upcoming American horror film directed by Nia DaCosta, written by Jordan Peele and Win Roselfeld, and co-produced by Peele, Rosenfeld, and Ian Cooper. It will be a direct sequel to original 1992 film and stars Tony Todd as the titular character, alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo in supporting roles.

Universal Pictures has scheduled Candyman for a release on June 12, 2020.



In September 2018, it was announced Jordan Peele was in talks to produce a sequel of the 1992 film through his Monkeypaw Productions.[1] In a 2018 interview with Nightmare on Film Street, Todd stated, "I'd rather have him do it, someone with intelligence, who's going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup of who Candyman is and why he existed in the first place."[2] In November 2018, it was confirmed that Peele would produce the film with Universal and MGM and will partner with Win Rosenfeld to co-produce the film, while Nia DaCosta signed on as director.[3] The film will serve as a "spiritual sequel", taking place back in the new gentrified Cabrini Green, where the old housing projects development once stood in Chicago. Filming was due to commence in spring 2019.[4]

In January 2019, it was reported that Lakeith Stanfield of FX's Atlanta and Sorry to Bother You fame, would possibly star in the film but not as the main titular character, rather as a visual artist named Anthony who takes on an interest seeking the legend of the Candyman, similar to Helen Lyle's character played by Virginia Madsen. At the time, there was no word as to who would be starring in the film and if Todd or any past cast would reprise their roles.[5][6] However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Todd spoke of Peele, stating: "I know he's a fan... I'm hoping I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn't that make sense? But it's Hollywood, so I won't take it personally if for some reason it doesn't work out." He added, "If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that."[7] In February 2019, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was in talks to play the titular character.[8] In response to the news, Todd gracefully offered his blessings, passing the torch over Twitter, stating: "Cheers to Candyman, a wonderful character I've lived with for 25 years. He's brought grace and glory and a beautiful boatload of friends & family, I'm honored that the spirit of Daniel Robitaille & Cabrini Green rises again. Truth to power! Blessings to the cast & crew".[9] However, it was ultimately announced that Todd would reprise his role.[10]

If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris was cast opposite in playing Stanfield's character Anthony's girlfriend.[11]

Principal photography for Candyman began during August 2019 in the Chicago area,[12] with some filming taking place in the North Park neighborhood during the month of September.[13][14]


Universal Pictures has scheduled Candyman for a release on June 12, 2020.[15]


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  2. ^ "[Exclusive Interview] Horror Icon Tony Todd Talks HELL FEST and Gives His Blessing To CANDYMAN Remake | Nightmare on Film Street - Horror Movie Podcast, News and Reviews". Nightmare on Film Street - Horror Movie Podcast, News and Reviews. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "Jordan Peele-Produced 'Candyman' Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta". Variety. 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "Jordan Peele to co-write sequel to horror film 'Candyman'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ "Lakeith Stanfield Is Reportedly Being Eyed To Star In 'Candyman' Reboot From Jordan Peele And Nia DaCosta". Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  6. ^ Miss2Bees (2019-01-29). "Lakeith Stanfield May be Casted for 'Candyman' Reboot". The Source. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  7. ^ "'Candyman' star Tony Todd hasn't spoken with Jordan Peele about appearing in sequel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Finds Its Star (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  9. ^ Squires, John (2019-02-27). "Tony Todd Gracefully Offers His Blessings to the New 'Candyman'". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  10. ^ Squires, John (2019-03-25). "'Candyman' Director Nia DaCosta Clarifies That Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Tony Todd…?". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  11. ^ Squires, John (2019-03-25). "'Candyman' Director Nia DaCosta Clarifies That Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Tony Todd…?". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  12. ^ Squires, John (2019-08-22). "Filming Has Begun on Nia DaCosta's 'Candyman'; Here's the Latest Casting News". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  13. ^ "Candyman: Everything We Know (So Far) About Jordan Peele's Reboot". ScreenRant. 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  14. ^ "Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Sequel is Filming in Chicago". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  15. ^ "Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Confirmed and Set for 2020 Release!". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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