Candyman will be making his triumphant return to the big screen this summer. And with the trailer set to release this Thursday, we thought we'd fill you in on everything we know so far.
MGM and Monkeypaw Productions are the ones responsible for bringing Candyman back to the big screen. Nia Da Costa is in the director's chair with Jordan Peele producing. Peele also penned the script with BlacKkKlansman producer, Win Rosenfield.
Story wise, it appears they've taken a page out of Halloween's playbook with the new film being a direct sequel to Bernard Rose's 1992 film. In an interview with
, Moneypaw's Creative Director Ian Cooper informed us the film is going to address the ongoing (and more recently problematic) issue of 'toxic fandom'.
"We talk a lot about fans and the idea of appeasing fans and when you do that and how do you do that and when do you not do that. I think my issue with fandom is that it’s really problematic. It’s probably the most problematic thing facing the genre. It typically comes with a dogma that is abrasive and that is more resistant to change and permutation than you would think. I think what we’re trying to do with Candyman is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying.”
As for how it fits into the original, Cooper assured new and old fans alike something exciting and rewarding.
"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.”
It also appears from what we've seen so far, that this film will ignore the sequels and its own path to expand the myth and legend of Candyman.
And of course the biggest question - who has been cast as the titular character? All sources have pointed to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II being cast the new Daniel Robatille a.k.a The Candyman.
The main cast also includes Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Rebecca Spence, Brian King and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. The original character of Helen Lyle looks set to return with Cassie Kramer being cast in the role. To finish, most importantly, this film will see the return of a familiar face as The Candyman himself Tony Todd is involved. As to what his involvement or role is, everyone is remaining tight lipped. Scott Cooper was reluctant to give anything away in his interview regarding the film with Deadline.
“Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop!"
You can check out the first poster for the film below.
Candyman hits cinemas June 12th 2020