It was officially reported earlier this year that Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II had joined the cast of director Nia DaCosta‘s spiritual sequel to Candyman, and what we had been told at the time is that the actor would be playing our new Candyman. But that’s now being called into question, as DaCosta has brought some clarification to the reports.
Some more casting news for director Nia DaCosta‘s Candyman this week, as THR reports that If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris is in talks for a leading role.
Parris will reportedly play the girlfriend of an art dealer obsessed with the legend of Candyman in the Jordan Peele-produced film. Oddly enough, THR lists Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as that art dealer character, rather than Candyman himself. We’re looking into that one, as the Aquaman actor had been announced last week as our new Candyman.
With Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s Candyman reboot coming our way, fans are probably wondering if Tony Todd, the original Candyman, will take part in the film. According to Bloody Disgusting, Todd said he’s willing to take another role in the movie if he’s not cast as the Candyman himself.
“Of course, I’d want to be a part of it. I helped create this character,” Todd told Bloody Disgusting. “I helped bring him to life, so I’m sure if Boris Karloff was asked the same thing, he would say exactly what I say. I know the character inside and out.”
A significant Black or African American presence in horror films is neither easy to unpack nor discover. Since I’m putting emphasis on the word significant, it is crucial to look beyond the forgettable body count and hyperbolic comedic relief caricatures in the entire genre’s history. Once we do, we can begin to at least wonder if this significance exists.
Duane Jones, Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1968) is amongst the prime examples of groundbreaking and significant depictions of Black characters and race relations in the genre, especially for its debut during the height of one of the most racially charged times in American history. But his presence operates much more on symbolism and micro-aggressions. How Ben interacts with white characters is practically carbon copy of interracial turbulence: Barbara’s comatose-like fear of his presence, or Harry’s antagonistic approach and insistence on challenging Ben’s authoritative position. Popularly known amongst horror fans, writer/director George Romero picked Jones for the role with no foresight of radical inclusivity. Its legacy and commentary on race was purely coincidental.
Characters who are Black in films often offer some nuanced insight into how we deal with matters of race. In horror, interpretations can be unsettling because of the clear dichotomy between good and evil and the more obscure fears we harbor about the unknown. Conjuring discourse on the stock Black character in a horror film with no moment where their skin color is considered has been a fun project, but why dont more horror films directly deal with race? What does it look like when a horror film takes on the horrors of racism and race relations?
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“Little Woods” director and writer Nia DaCosta has been tapped to helm “Candyman,” a new retelling of the classic horror pic with Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and MGM producing.
The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Production is expected to begin next spring. Universal Pictures will release the movie theatrically on June 12, 2020.
“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win, and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material, but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” said MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman.
One of my favorite horror movies is the Bernard Rose-directed Candyman, a chilling urban horror film adapted from Clive Barker‘s “Books of Blood” short story “The Forbidden”. “Urban” has a dual meaning in that the adaptation was moved from England to the now demolished Cabrini–Green public housing development in Chicago, while the antagonist is an urban legend in himself, the Candyman (played by Tony Todd), an artist and son of a slave who had his hand severed and was then murdered (with bees, of course) by his lover’s father. Released in 1992, the film spawned two sequels, the latter being direct-to-video.
While lesser known among the horror icons, Candyman is easily one of the scariest; he can be summoned by saying his name five times while facing a mirror.
As for the franchise, it’s been dormant for nearly 20 years. In poking around for a revival screening, I learned that the rights have become available once again. Tri-Star had released the first two films while Artisan was behind 1999’s Day of the Dead. While I’m unsure who is the current rights holder – it may have reverted back to Clive Barker for all I know – I do know that Jordan Peele is in talks to produce a remake of the film through his Monkeypaw Productions. It’s unclear if he plans to direct.