Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman “spiritual sequel” with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris hits this June. And today, DaCosta teased the return of Tony Todd.
DaCosta tells SyFy Wire: “I really love Tony Todd, he’s iconic. And I will say what we’ve done with this film is… is great. And Tony’s great. Jordan’s great. I don’t want to give anything away.”
She adds: “I really love gore. That was something Jordan and I talked about a lot. What’s fun about working with Jordan is our horror aesthetics are different; Jordan’s really brilliant about not showing everything and my instinct is to do the exact opposite. It’s something I thought about a lot and there is a good amount of things you just don’t want to see in here.”
The film follows this official rundown: Don’t say his name. For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Little Woods writer-director Nia DaCosta will be taking the helm of this Jordan Peele-produced reboot which Universal Pictures will unleash into a theater near you on June 12, 2020.