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Jordan Peele Has Found His ‘Candyman’

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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:

Though no deal is done, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to star in MGM’s new retelling of the classic horror tale with Jordan Peele producing.

“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.

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“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.

What do you think of this “Candyman” casting? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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