The latest Candyman film, which has been described as a spiritual sequel to the original, is about to begin filming.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the movie starts filming in August with a wrap date sometime in the fall. They also report that the movie will be filmed exclusively in the city, although exact locations have not yet been revealed.
Director Bernard Rose’s original 1992 film adaptation of Candyman was set in the Chicago projects, yet the production only took place in the city for six days of shooting with the rest being filmed on a Los Angeles sound stage.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will replace Tony Todd as the titular character. The actor has previously starred in the nearly universally-acclaimed Us, so he is no stranger to working with Jordan Peele. The movie will be written by Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta.
“A children’s ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist… until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: CANDYMAN.”
While the original is indeed a classic, many fans are open to seeing a modern update of the film. After all, there have been so many solid remakes and reboots over the past decade, the whole concept of the reboot is becoming less and less taboo.
Candyman will be released in a little less than a year on June 12th, 2020.