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MGM Partners with Jordan Peele for Candyman Sequel

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) has partnered with Monkeypaw Productions’ Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld to produce a re-imagining of Candyman, the 1992 horror classic adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden” from Books of Blood Volume 5. The announcement was made today by Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct the Candyman sequel from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld.

The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Production is expected to begin in Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release Candyman theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020.

DaCosta’s feature film debut, Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and earned her the coveted Nora Ephron Award.

Peele wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed Get Out, which earned $250 million worldwide for Universal Pictures. The film received four Academy Awards nominations, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, and earned Peele the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

“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,” said Glickman.

“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,” said Peele.

MGM will produce and finance the Candyman sequel with Universal handling domestic theatrical distribution. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.

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