Jordan Peele, the director of critically acclaimed horror films ‘Get Out‘ and ‘Us‘, is in talks to produce a ‘Candyman’ sequel. Nia DaCosta has joined the upcoming slasher reboot of the Clive Barker adaptation as director. The film will star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) who worked with Peele previously in ‘Us’ as the lead.
For those of a younger demographic, ‘Candyman’ (1992) is a film about a college graduate researching urban legends who is told about the Candyman. The legend states that Candyman can be summoned by saying his name five times while facing a mirror, immediately after which he will kill the summoner with a hook jammed on the bloody stump of his right arm.
According to Bloody Disgusting, there have been numerous sources claiming that Tony Todd will be returning to the role that he first portrayed in the 1992 film of the same name.
All of my sources are solid, but none of them were fully confident, which led me on a wild goose chase for confirmation. Just a few minutes ago, I had given up and decided to run the scoop on Twitter. Within minutes, two more trustworthy sources came forward telling me that what I had been hearing was, in fact, true.
While MGM has yet to officially announce the news, it’s more than likely that Tony Todd will be returning as the hook-handed Candyman for summer 2020.
This sequel, which is preceded by two sequels, is being described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. Peele co-wrote the script which returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
We’ll keep you posted here on any news reported on the film. Candyman and his bloody hook return on June 12, 2020.