“Whatever you do, don’t say his name!” “Candyman”
Clearly, Jordan Peele’s got differing priorities, as he recently unveiled a second trailer for his upcoming film “Candyman,” a reboot adaptation of the horrifying short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The trailer gives audiences a peek into the events that led to The Candyman’s return and, through quick, successive cuts and chilling music, makes audiences remember what made this urban tale so scary to begin with.
Peele’s “Candyman” is a spiritual sequel to the original 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the “Candyman” film series. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo, the 2021 film follows Abdul-Mateen’s Anthony as he unravels the secrets of the urban legend, unleashing a terrifying wave of violence in the progress. Also in the cast are Tony Todd and Vanessa Estelle Williams, reprising their roles from the original film.
Peele, who directed the horror hits “Us” and “Get Out,” won’t be returning to the director’s seat for this adaptation, as he’ll be producing the film as well as writing the screenplay.
At the helm is rising director Nia DaCosta, who previously directed 2018’s “Little Woods,” which won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film’s release date was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted DaCosta to take to Twitter to defend Universal’s decision not to release the movie early via streaming.
“We made ‘Candyman’ to be seen in theaters,” DaCosta wrote on Twitter when the movie was taken off Universal’s release calendar in September. “Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories — how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph, and the stories we tell around it.”
“Candyman” will hit theaters on August 27, 2021.