There’s a new Candyman in town. While there is no deal is done yet, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to star in MGM’s new retelling of the classic horror tale with Jordan Peele producing. Little Woods writer-director Nia DaCosta is on board to helm. MGM and Win Rosenfeld are producing with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.
The studio is touting the upcoming film as a spiritual sequel to the original. It will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The original Candyman was released in 1992 and follows a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman while writing a thesis on urban legends.
Candyman is expected to hit theaters on June 12, 2020. Production is expected to begin next spring.