Variety is exclusively reporting that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in negotiations with MGM to star in the retelling of the horror tale Candyman, which Jordan Peele is producing.
The original film, released in 1992, focused on a University of Chicago student named Helen Lyle visits the housing projects of Cabrini Green, looking to find out more information about the legend of the Candyman who supposedly appears (whenever someone looks into the mirror and repeats his name five times) to slash his victims with a metal hook. As Helen witnesses the atrocities for herself, she’s horrified to learn that he wants her to join him in his afterlife dimension.
The retelling is touted as a spiritual sequel by the studio, as it will return to the neighbourhood where it all began…a now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini Green housing projects once stood. Nia DaCosta is attached to direct the film.
Candyman is scheduled for cinematic release on the 12th June 2020.