The Jordan Peele produced CANDYMAN reboot/sequel has started filming this week in Chicago. Two new cast members were announced for the film today. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) have signed on.
They join already the previously cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) in the film. The film from MGM and Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions will be directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods). Universal Pictures will distribute the film with an intended release date of June 12, 2020.
The original 1992 film was directed by Bernard Rose and starred Tody Todd as the titular character based on a short story by Clive Barker and it spawned two sequels.
The movie followed the urban legend of the titular character, a former slave turned artist who fell in love and with a white woman and fathered a child during the late 1800s. Because of this forbidden relationship, his lover’s father hired a lynch mob to kill him. He was smeared with honey and bees attacked him. He was burned to death and his ashes were scattered upon what became the present-day the Cabrini-Green housing project. The story of his death became an urban legend and by saying his name five times in the mirror, he comes and murders you.
MGM will co-finance Candyman with BRON Creative, headed by BRON’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth, as part of their larger slate deal. Ian Cooper (Us) 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.