Who can take a sunrise, and sprinkle with it bees? The Candyman sequel can. Jordan Peele has confirmed that he and creative partner Win Rosenfeld are working on a “spiritual sequel” to Candyman, with Little Woods writer and director Nia DaCosta coming on board to direct.
As reported by Deadline, Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions has teamed up with MGM to release a Candyman sequel in summer 2020, with a script by Peele and Rosenfeld. Stepping into the director’s chair is DaCosta, an up-and-coming director best known for Little Woods — an independent crime drama starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James that came out earlier this year, earning her the Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
It’s been rumoured for a while that Peele was working on a Candyman film, but now we’ve finally gotten confirmation. And it looks like this film’s going to be an interesting successor to the original. Based on a short story by Clive Barker, 1992's Candyman is a horror film about a supernatural being named Candyman, who emerges as a vengeful killer to anyone who says his name five times in a mirror. The original film took place in and around a high-rise housing project in Chicago. This sequel, which won’t be connected to the previous two Candyman sequels, will take place in the same area post-gentrification, providing an opportunity to talk about the impact gentrification has had on urban communities.
“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 filmmaker,” Peele said in a statement. “To have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting.”
Coming on the heels of Jason Blum’s ridiculous remarks that it’s hard to find female directors for horror films, it’s encouraging to see a woman helming a major horror franchise—especially since she’s a woman of colour, who are still vastly underrepresented behind the scenes. See Jason, that’s how you do it.