Get Out director Jordan Peele to co-write, produce sequel of 1992 horror film Candyman
Jordan Peele confessed that Candyman and Night of the Living Dead were major inspirations to him as a filmmaker
Los Angeles: Filmmaker Jordan Peele, who directed last year's horror thriller Get Out, is all set to co-write and co-produce a sequel to the 1992 horror movie Candyman.
The original film featured Tony Todd as the hook-wielding supernatural killer who, according to a legend, appears after his name is called five times, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Bernard Rose directed the film from a script by Clive Barker, based on his short story The Forbidden. MGM has partnered with Monkeypaw Productions' Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld to produce a "re-imagining" of Candyman.
The film, being called a "spiritual sequel" to the original, will be directed by Nia DaCosta from a script by Rosenfeld and Peele.
The story of the film returns to the same neighbourhood where the legend of Candyman began, a section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” said Peele.
“Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honoured to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker's legend,” he added.
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