Despite being well-known for comedy, Oscar winner Jordan Peele has made a significant impact within the horror/thriller genre over the last several years. Now, take a look at the next project from Peele, who wrote the screenplay and produced this modern take on Candyman (2020), a “contemporary incarnation of the cult classic”.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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.
Candyman (2020) appears to be more of a spiritual successor rather than a direct remake, with elements from the original film of 1992 living on in this modern take on the classic. Plus, you have Daniel Todd returning as Daniel Robitaille / Candyman, so it will definitely feel more like a sequel than your typical Hollywood reboot. And considering Jordan Peele is attached, we have faith that this will easily be the horror film of the year, without question.
Candyman comes to theaters this June 12th. The film is directed by Nia Dacosta.