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A "Candyman" Sequel Is Coming From Oscar-Winning Writer Jordan Peele And People Are Here For It

Peele cowrote the script for the "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror film with Win Rosenfeld.

Posted on November 27, 2018, at 6:29 p.m. ET

Oscar winner Jordan Peele made it official on Tuesday that he will be writing and producing a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror film Candyman with newcomer Nia DaCosta directing.

MGM Studios

The original Candyman was based on Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden" and starred actor Tony Todd as an urban boogeyman with a hook for a hand who can be summoned to kill you if you say his name five times into a mirror.

Peele calls the original Candyman "a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre" and "a major inspiration" to him as a filmmaker. He looks at this new sequel (there have been two already) as an entry point for new fans.

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Fans of the Candyman films are already super excited.

Candyman is so damn underrated (and politically sharp), and I’m beyond excited Jordan Peele is doing the lord’s work in bringing one of horror’s best villains back.

Via Twitter: @patrickklepek

No other piece of news today has owned this hard. I am dizzy with excitement.

Via Twitter: @ScottWamplerBMD

Fuck yes!! One of the best horror films is getting a reboot!! 👨🏾‍🦲#candyman @JordanPeele 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Via Twitter: @kcathmoore

Especially with Nia DaCosta, recent winner of the Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for directing the film Little Woods.

YES HI, FEMALE DIRECTOR NIA DACOSTA AND PRODUCER JORDAN PEELE. HI YES, TAKE ALL MY MONEY, please and thank you‼️😍 #Candyman by @NiaDaCosta and @JordanPeele ? Sign me so far up for this that I am in the stars. Watch me dress like a bee to see it. Don’t think I won’t.

Via Twitter: @highspeedmerge

Historically, franchise horror films have almost never been directed by women. So it's pretty cool to hear that Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will be directing CANDYMAN (2020), co-written/produced by Jordan Peele!

Via Twitter: @FreddyInSpace


Via Twitter: @winrosenfeld

And the possibility of Tony Todd returning to the role.

Just an FYI, @TonyTodd54 is Candyman. It’s the same thing as Robert Englund as Freddy. If you’re gonna take ideas take them completely or don’t take em at all.

Via Twitter: @DevonESawa

Of course I hope @TonyTodd54 is involved in #Candyman cuz he mixes it with love...

Via Twitter: @barbaracrampton

Let’s all say his name 5 times so he comes back quick. Ready? Go #Candyman

Via Twitter: @barbaracrampton

Universal Pictures is slated to release the new Candyman in the US in June 2020.

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