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Candyman (2020) was an upcoming American horror film that was directed by Nia DaCosta and it was produced by Jordan Peele. It would be a sequel to the original 1992 film and star Tony Todd as the titular character.

Originally setted to be released in June 2020, it was scheduled to premiere on September 25, 2020.

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In September 2018, it was announced that Jordan Peele was in talks to produce a sequel of the 1992 film through his Monkeypaw Productions. [1] In a 2018 interview with Nightmare on Film Street, Todd stated, "I would rather have him do it with someone with intelligence who was going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup about who the Candyman was 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 he would partner with Win Rosenfeld to co-produce the film while Nia DaCosta signed on as director. [3] The film would serve as a "Spiritual sequel" by taking place back in the new gentrified Cabrini Green where the old housing projects development stood in Chicago once. The filming was due to commence in the spring of 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 took an interest on by seeking the legend of the Candyman that was similar to Helen Lyle's character played by Virginia Madsen. At the time, there was no word to who would be starring in the film and if Todd or any past cast would reprise their roles. [5] [6] However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Todd spoke about Peele by stating: "I knew that he was a fan. I am hoping that I would appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn't that make sense? But, it was Hollywood so I would not take it personally if it did not work out." He added, "If this new one was successful, it would shed light back on the original. I thought that the subject's matter was more important than any individuals and I meant that." [7] In February 2019, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was reported to be in talks to play the titular character.[8] In response to the news, Todd gracefully offered his blessings by passing the torch over Twitter and stating: "Cheers to Candyman, a wonderful character that I lived with for 25 years. He brought grace and glory and a beautiful boatload of friends and family. I am honored that the spirit of Daniel Robitaille and Cabrini Green rose again. Truth to power! Blessings to the cast and the crew".[9] [10]

However, on March 25, 2019, it was ultimately announced that Todd would reprise his role. [11] It was also revealed that an actress named Teyonah Parris was cast to play as Anthony's girlfriend. The principal photography for Candyman began during August 2019 in the Chicago area [12] with some filming that was taking place in the North Park neighborhood during the month of September of that same year.[13] [14]

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  1. Jordan Peele in Talks to Remake Clive Barker’s ‘Candyman’ Exclusive - BloodyDisgusting
  2. Exclusive Interview with Horror Icon Tony Todd talks Hell Fest and Gives his Blessing to Candyman Remake - Nightmare on Film Street Podcast
  3. Jordan Peele-Produced ‘Candyman’ Reboot Taps Director Nia DaCosta - Variety
  4. Jordan Peele to co-write sequel to horror film Candyman - EW
  5. Lakeith Stanfield Is Reportedly Being Eyed To Star In 'Candyman' Reboot From Jordan Peele And Nia DaCosta - Shadow and Act
  6. Lakeith Stanfield May be Casted For 'Candyman' Reboot - The Source
  7. Candyman star Tony Todd 'won't take it personally' if he isn't in Jordan Peele's sequel - EW
  8. Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Finds Its Star (EXCLUSIVE) - EW
  9. Feb 26, 2019 Tweet - Tony Todd's Twitter
  10. Tony Todd Gracefully Offers His Blessings to the New ‘Candyman’ - BloodyDisgusting
  11. ‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Clarifies That Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Not Replacing Tony Todd…? - BloodyDisgusting
  12. Filming Has Begun on Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’; Here’s the Latest Casting News - BloodyDisgusting
  13. Candyman: Everything We Know (So Far) About Jordan Peele's Reboot - Screen Rant
  14. Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Sequel is Filming in Chicago and Was Spotted in North Park This Week - NBC Chicago
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