When former sketch comic Jordan Peele burst onto the scene as a writer and director with last year’s critical and commercial hit Get Out, it was clear he would become an influential voice in horror. While he’s yet to direct a second film, Peele has become active as a producer.
Peele will both produce and host CBS All Access’ streaming reboot of classic sci-fi/horror anthology series The Twilight Zone, and it was reported a few months back that Peele was in talks to produce and possibly direct a remake or reboot of the 1992 hit Candyman.
Like Get Out, Candyman is a horror film that deals with racial issues in a frank manner, and it seemed like a perfect fit for Peele. Now, Deadline reports that while Peele won’t helm the new Candyman, he’ll co-write the script, and has hired indie filmmaker Nia DaCosta to direct.
DaCosta has only directed one feature – Little Woods, a drama starring Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson – but it’s earned rave reviews from critics. Additionally, MGM has assigned a prime summer release date for Candyman, as the film will hit theaters on June 12th, 2020.
So far, Peele’s Candyman is being described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original, and will take the story back to a modern day, gentrified version of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Whether Tony Todd will return or the new movie will maintain existing continuity is unclear.