Updated: Aug 18, 2020
The first trailer for Nia DaCosta's new Candyman film promises a follow up that continues the thematic threads of the 1992 original. It oozes style and atmosphere, while presenting some very intriguing hints as to where it could all lead. Unlike early marketing material for another recent slasher reboot, here's looking at you Halloween (2018), this trailer does not explicitly commit to the whole direct-sequel thing. However, that sure seems to be the case.
Details are limited. We know that Tony Todd is involved, but how much of a part he has to play remains to be seen. We caught a glimpse of Todd in a shot that has some serious... *Checks surroundings*... Jason Goes to Hell (1993) vibes.
I'm certainly open to a fresh take with new blood, but I can't help it. If Tony Todd's involvement begins and ends with a reflection that would be a pretty big bummer.
As of now Candyman (2020) is sitting at the top of my anticipated horror releases for the year. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the release of the latest entry in the on-going horror franchise, based off of Clive Barker's short story The Forbidden, has been pushed back to September. The fall box office season is already looking crowded with another entry in a different beloved slasher franchise - Halloween Kills (2020).
Candyman (2020) was directed and co-written by Nia DaCosta with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld also credited for working on the screenplay. It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
As of today, Candyman (2020) is slated to hit the big screen on September 25th. Please, God. Let that be true. I'd rather not have to summon him myself.