Not only is Jordan Peele one of the most exciting young filmmakers in the business, he’s becoming a force to be reckoned with in other manners as well. Notably, he’s now a powerful producer. He’s rebooting “The Twilight Zone” and was just nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for co-producing “BlacKkKlansman.” Now, he’s gearing up another remake, one that now could have its leading man.
Variety has the exclusive that Peele is tapping Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for his “Candyman” remake. Though it does not say, he presumably will be playing the title villainous role. If so, it’ll be a huge step up for the actor, who turned heads in 2018 with his bad guy performance in “Aquaman.”
Here’s a bit of what they had to say in the report:
“Little Woods” writer-director Nia DaCosta is on board to helm. MGM and Win Rosenfeld are producing with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.
The studio is touting the upcoming film as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. It will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The original “Candyman” was released in 1992 and follows a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman while writing a thesis on urban legends.
“Candyman” is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 12, 2020. Production won’t be starting until next spring, so this is still a ways off. Regardless, it’s another interesting project coming from Peele and his production company. More when we have it.