Candyman (2020) poster.jpg
Dare to Say His Name
Directed By
Produced By
Screenplay By
Jordan Peele
Win Rosenfeld
Nia DaCosta
Based on
by Bernard Rose
The Forbidden
by Clive Barker
John Guleserian
Music By
Robert A. A. Lowe
Distributed By
United States
Release Date
2021 (United States)

Candyman is a 2021 film directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and DaCosta. It is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the Candyman franchise, based on the short story, "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker. The cast of the film consists of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo, along with Tony Todd and Vanessa Estelle Williams reprising their roles from the original film.

The film is set to be released on 2021, by Universal Pictures.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A desperate artist named Anthony McCoy discovers the story of the Candyman which he initially uses as inspiration for his paintings, but begins to lose his sanity and unleashes a wave of violence, death and misery leading him to face his destiny.

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Production[edit | edit source]

In September 2018, it was announced that Jordan Peele was in talks to produce a sequel of the 1992 film through Monkeypaw Productions. In a 2018 interview with Nightmare on Film Street, Todd stated, "I'd rather have him do it, someone with intelligence, who's going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup of who the Candyman is and why he existed in the first place." In November 2018, it was confirmed that Peele would produce the film with Universal and MGM and will partner with Win Rosenfeld to co-produce the film while Nia DaCosta signed on as director. The film will serve as a "spiritual sequel", taking place back in the new gentrified Cabrini Green where the old housing projects development once stood in Chicago. The filming was due to commence in spring 2019.

In January 2019, it was reported that Lakeith Stanfield of FX's Atlanta and Sorry to Bother You fame would possibly star in the film, but not as the main titular character rather as an older version of Anthony McCoy who was a visual artist who takes on an interest seeking the legend of the Candyman that was similar to Helen Lyle's character played by Virginia Madsen. At the time, there was no word as to who would be starring in the film and if Todd or any past cast would reprise their roles. However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Todd spoke of Peele, stating: "I know that he's a fan. I'm hoping that I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn't that make sense? But, it's Hollywood so I won't take it personally if it doesn't work out." He added, "If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think that the subject matter is more important than any individuals and I mean that."

In February 2019, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was in talks to play McCoy, misreported as being in talks to portray the titular character. In response to the news, Todd offered his blessings over Twitter, stating: "Cheers to the Candyman, a wonderful character that I lived with for 25 years. He's brought grace and glory and a beautiful boatload of friends & family. I'm honored that the spirit of Daniel Robitaille & Cabrini Green rises again. Truth to power! Blessings to the cast & crew". However, it was ultimately announced that Todd would reprise his role. If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris was casted opposite in playing Abdul-Mateen II's character Anthony's girlfriend.

Principal photography began in early August 2019 and wrapped up in September 2019 in the Chicago area with some filming taking place in the North Park neighborhood during the month of September. The working title of the film was revealed on some of the cast and crew social media pages as Say My Name which was discreetly used in the revised scripts and production sets to keep things "flying under the radar".

Release[edit | edit source]

Candyman is set to be released on 2021 by Universal Pictures, after being pushed from June 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A teaser poster was released on February 25, 2020 and a trailer was released on February 27, 2020.

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