We are currently in the midst of what seems to be the “reboot era” in Hollywood. While reboots have been going on in Hollywood for decades, the amount that has been rolling out at once has never been more frequent. Many of our favorite childhood movies are getting remakes, especially in the horror film genre. Earlier this fall, the Halloween remake grossed over 159 million dollars domestically and over 252 million dollars worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.
With the success of iconic horror reboots such as IT and Halloween, the announcement of the return of the Childs Play horror slasher franchise, another cult horror classic is throwing its name back in the ring. Director of the critically acclaimed Get Out horror film, Jordan Peele, is going into the vault to revive the classic horror film, Candyman. The original film was released on October 16, 1992, and starred Tony Todd as Candyman. The two follow up films, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, and Candyman: Day of the Dead were not well received by critics and fans
However, fans can only hope that Peele and rising director, Nia DaCosta(Little Woods) could tap into the magic that made the original so special. Right now, the Candyman remake is being promoted as the “spiritual sequel” to the original.
When discussing the importance of this film, Jordan Peele described the original Candyman as “a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre.”
MGM will produce and finance Candyman with Universal handling domestic theatrical distribution. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.
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