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Directed byNia DaCosta
Produced byJordan Peele
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
CountryUnited States

Candyman is an upcoming American horror film directed by Nia DaCosta, and produced by Jordan Peele. It will be a sequel to original 1992 film and star Tony Todd as the titular character.



In September 2018, it was announced Jordan Peele was in talks to produce a sequel of the 1992 film through his Monkeypaw Productions,[1] of which Todd stated in a 2018 interview with Nightmare on Film Street, "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 Candyman is and why he existed in the first place."[2] 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.[3] 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. Filming was due to commence in spring 2019.[4]

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 a visual artist named Anthony who takes on an interest seeking the legend of the Candyman, similar to Helen Lyle's character played by Virginia Madsen. There is still no word as to who will be starring in the film and if Todd or any past cast will reprise their role.[5][6] However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Todd spoke of Peele, stating: "I know he's a fan... I'm hoping 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 for some reason it doesn't work out." He added, "If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that."[7] In February 2019, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was in talks to play the titular character.[8] In response to the news, Todd gracefully offered his blessings, passing the torch over Twitter, stating: "Cheers to Candyman, a wonderful character I've 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".[9] However, it was ultimately announced that Todd would reprise his role.

If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris was cast opposite in playing Stanfield's character Anthony's girlfriend.[10]


  1. ^ "Jordan Peele in Talks to Remake Clive Barker's 'Candyman' [Exclusive] - Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. ^ "[Exclusive Interview] Horror Icon Tony Todd Talks HELL FEST and Gives His Blessing To CANDYMAN Remake | Nightmare on Film Street - Horror Movie Podcast, News and Reviews". Nightmare on Film Street - Horror Movie Podcast, News and Reviews. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "Jordan Peele-Produced 'Candyman' Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta". Variety. 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "Jordan Peele to co-write sequel to horror film 'Candyman'". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ "Lakeith Stanfield Is Reportedly Being Eyed To Star In 'Candyman' Reboot From Jordan Peele And Nia DaCosta". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  6. ^ Miss2Bees (2019-01-29). "Lakeith Stanfield May be Casted for 'Candyman' Reboot". The Source. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  7. ^ "'Candyman' star Tony Todd hasn't spoken with Jordan Peele about appearing in sequel". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Finds Its Star (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  9. ^ Squires, John (2019-02-27). "Tony Todd Gracefully Offers His Blessings to the New 'Candyman'". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  10. ^ Squires, John (2019-03-25). "'Candyman' Director Nia DaCosta Clarifies That Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Tony Todd…?". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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