It is being reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to play the new Candyman in the 2020 reboot. The actor, who was recently seen in James Wan’s Aquaman will next hit screens in Jordan Peele’s Us.
Here’s our coverage of the new Candyman so far:
Candyman is a forthcoming 2020 American supernatural horror feature film reboot (or “spiritual sequel”) of the 1990s franchise directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele (director of Us; Get Out and producer of forthcoming TV series’ Lovecraft Country and The Twilight Zone) via his Monkeypaw Productions. The original 1992 Candyman movie was loosely based on Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden and starred Tony Todd as the iconic titular supernatural killer.
Jordan Peele told Variety:
“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.”
MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman added:
“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.”
Universal Pictures will handle domestic theatrical distribution and will release the new Candyman theatrically on June 12, 2020.
Actor Tony Todd recently told Syfy:
“I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago. If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place.”
Continuing he said, “I’ve got so many other options that even if they make it without me, which I doubt, the attention the new movie will create will lead folks back to the original [film]because people like to see the source material.
Todd added: In 2018, I think there are a few neighborhoods that could use some Candyman justice, you know what I’m saying?” He told the site. “I’m just happy that as an African-American man, that Candyman has once again been given the nod to enter people’s consciousness.”
He also said: “I hope that they don’t dance around the relationship between Candyman and the love of his life, the reason for his death and that they are actually allowed to kiss. [Back then] it was rare that African-American male film stars got to kiss any of the white leading ladies they worked with. I’m just speaking my mind here.”