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Candyman Trailer Brings the Urban Legend Back to Life

Universal Pictures has released the trailer for the new Candyman movie from MGM and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions. The film is scheduled to open in theaters on June 12, 2020. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Euphoria) star.

Written by Peele and Rosenfeld and directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), Candyman is a spiritual sequel to the 1992 gothic horror film by Bernard Rose, originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden.

The film was shot entirely in Chicago and features various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

Collaborating with DaCosta is a creative team led by EP and UPM David Kern (The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer), director of photography John Guleserian (Love, Simon, Like Crazy); production designer Cara Brower (Us, Twin Peaks [2017]); costume designer Lizzie Cook (Sense8, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and VFX supervisor James Mcquaide (The Boy, Underworld franchise).

MGM is co-financing Candyman with BRON Creative, headed by BRON’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth, as part of their larger slate deal. Universal is handling global theatrical distribution.

Ian Cooper (Us) produces for Monkeypaw and Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group, said previously.

“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 — 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,” added Peele.

Candyman is a 1992 horror film (available at Amazon) written and directed by Bernard Rose. It was produced by Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, and Alan Poul, and based on the short story The Forbidden from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Volume. 5. Barker also executive produced the film.

The gut-wrenching thriller centers on a graduate student (Virginia Madsen) whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead.

The TriStar Pictures release also starred Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, and Tony Todd as Candyman. Candyman spawned two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman: Day of the Dead.

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