Peele to Unleash “Candyman” Reboot

Tony Todd as Daniel Robitaille, the original Candyman (TriStar Pictures)

Who will give you the hook? Do it once again? The Candyman can! And he will!

Jordan Peele, who has been keeping busy since branching out with the horror film Get Out, has co-written a re-imagining of the 1992 cult horror film Candyman. The original film revolved around a mysterious killer with a hook, played by the legendary Tony Todd, who strikes when his name is called five times. The film is based on “The Forbidden” by legendary horror author Clive Barker.

Peele has written the script with Win Rosenfeld and the duo will produce the film for MGM and MonkeyPaw Productions. Peele will be handing the directing reigns over to Nia DaCosta, the writer and director of Little Woods.

Peele had this to say about the new Candyman.

“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 has set a release date of June 12, 2020 for the new Candyman.

H/T: Variety

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