Contributed by Rebecca Johnson
Jordan Peele is producing a reimagined version of the horror classic Candyman under Universal Pictures.
I dare you to say his name.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 25, 2020
Addressing social issues via horror has become a trademark in Peele’s productions. Candyman will address the ongoing issue of gentrification.
The official film description according to Shadow and Act reads: “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 (Mateen) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Parris), 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 (Domingo) 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.”
The movie will be released this June.
Check out the trailer down below: