Nia DaCosta, who directed this year’s indie modern hit Western Little Woods, has been hired to direct the reboot of the 1992 cult classic horror film Candyman which Jordan Peele is producing with his Monkeypaw Productions partner Win Rosenfeld.
MGM made the announcement Tuesday, that it is teaming up with Universal to release it on June 12, 2020.
The original movie is an adaptation of the story The Forbidden by Clive Barker. The story tells the legend of the Candyman, a murdered son of a slave who is now a supernatural killer. And his unique relationship with a white grad student working on a thesis on urban legends. All set against the backdrop of a poor and violence infested Cabrini-Green Chicago housing project.
“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win, and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” said MGM Motion Picture Group president , Jonathan Glickman.
“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ ‘Candyman’ was a major inspiration for me as a 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,” Peele said.
As a result of the Black Panther film in 2017, movies with black casts and strong Black and Latino leads have increased. This remake is sure to take the 80s and 90s babies on a trip down memory lane.
Production will begin in the spring.