Just like his trailer for Us ruined I Got 5 On It Jordan Peele has decided to turn Destiny’s Child‘s Say My Name into the next horror anthem. Although, Say My Name is a little too on the nose, and I kept waiting for Candyman to come out like, “Really?! Why didn’t you just make it more obvious and go with Christina Aguilera’s Candyman?”
Written by Jordan Peele and Win Roselfeld and directed by filmmaker Nia DaCosta, Candyman is not necessarily a sequel to the 1992 original but apparently it will act as a “spiritual sequel” to the first film which starred Tony Todd as Candyman–the vengeful ghost of a slave who fell in love with a white woman and was killed brutally for it–and features him again. Universal’s synopsis says (via IndieWire):
“In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.”
Vanessa A. Williams, who was in the first Candyman movie, is also in this one. It also stars Rebecca Spence and Tony Todd, who is back as Candyman.
During a panel last year at the 2019 Produced By Conference, Monkeypaw Creative Director Ian Cooper talked about the movie and how they hoped to manage expectations since this is not an original like Get Out or Us but an already-known story:
“What we’re doing with Candyman and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven’t seen the original film as well as people who’ve seen the original film. In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman, and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original.”
He said this movie is “mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film, but also be very satisfying.” Judging by the trailer I’m guessing the main guy in this one is the first Candyman’s son? Grandson? Distant family member? Also there are a lot of white people dying terribly in this trailer, so this will probably be the top story on Fox News for a while.