Jordan Peele is changing the horror movie game! With films like Get Out and Us, Peele has introduced a new voice and style to the genre. Now, Jordan Peele is back with another horror picture — though, not as a director this time but a writer and a producer — that promises to be just as haunting and unique as the aforementioned films. This time directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), Candyman will be a modern reimagining of the cult classic. The film is also billed as a spiritual successor to the 1992 film (think what HBO’s Watchmen is to the Zack Snyder film).
Check out the trailer below.
Official synopsis of Candyman:
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta from a script co-written by DaCosta, Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk).
Candyman will hit Malaysian cinemas 18 June 2020.