The upcoming Candyman reboot / “spiritual sequel” directed by Nia DaCosta is set to hit theatres this Friday, August 27th – and I’ll be glad when it does, because they’re marketing the hell out of this thing. The short featurette embedded above is the most recent piece of marketing, in which DaCosta, producer Jordan Peele, and others respond to the question, “What is Candyman?”
Written by DaCosta, Peele, and Peele’s fellow producer Win Rosenfeld, the film has the following synopsis:
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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Vanessa Williams, reprising her role as Anne-Marie McCoy in Candyman, star in the film. The Anthony McCoy mentioned in the synopsis is Anne-son, Marie’s the child from the first film. Tony Todd appears in the film as well, but it’s unclear what role he plays. We know Todd’s Candyman is mentioned, but another Candyman named Sherman Fields, played by Michael Hargrove, is also mentioned.
Ian Cooper produced Candyman with Peele and Rosenfeld.