Jordan Peele Officially Boards ‘Candyman’

by Christine Caprilozzi

Apparently, Jordan Peele has said ”Candyman” five times, as his reboot  of  the 1992 genre classic Candyman has officially been announced. According to Deadline, MGM and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw will team on the project, which is being called a “spiritual sequel.” Nia DaCosta is already attached to direct a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfield, with Universal eyeing a June 12, 2020 release date.

The only details released so far is that the sequel returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

Jordan Peele commented: “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside Night of the Living DeadCandyman was a major inspiration for me as 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.”

Based on a story titled The Forbidden in volume five of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, Candyman was written and directed by Bernard Rose and released upon unsuspecting audiences on October 16, 1992. The film which starred Tony Todd as Candyman, Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, Xander Berkeley as Trevor Lyle, Kasi Lemmons as Bernadette Walsh, and Vanessa A. Williams as Anne-Marie McCoy totaled over $25 million at the box office. Candyman brought horror into a metropolitan setting and proved that some scary stories referred to as urban legends could be all too real.

It also featured Helen Lyle as the female protagonist running towards the danger instead of away from it. In our 2012 interview with Vriginia Madsen, she said of her iconic role, “Since I was a child I’ve always been a fan of the genre, and was never able to find a good role, especially for a female. I loved that she was smart, and a strong independent woman, yet the power of love could weaken her. It’s hard to find a very strong female character in general when you’re young and blonde, not many are three dimensional. This was great, I got to cut off my hair, Bernie made me put on 10-15 pounds to, as he said, “look like a normal woman.”  So I didn’t have to be a vixen, I got to be a real leading lady.”

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