The upcoming horror movie Candyman has Chicago written all over it. Not only is the film set in the Windy City, but it’s actually being shot there this August.
While the original 1992 flick also took place in the housing projects of the area, the filmmakers only spent a total of six days shooting there. Most of the feature was actually filmed on sound stages in Los Angeles. Producer/co-writer Jordan Peele, an alumnus of the city’s famed improv groups, was determined to have his spiritual sequel actually be filmed in Chi-Town, though. In fact, the entirety of the movie will be shot exclusively in Chicago.
Production is expected to begin towards the end of the summer and finish wrapping some time in early autumn. If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris is locked in to play the girlfriend of an art dealer who’s obsessed with the legend of Candyman. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also star in the flick, though not in the role of the villain as previously reported. After a great deal of uncertainty, it seems that Tony Todd is now in the movie as well. Whether or not he reprises his role as the eponymous bad guy, however, remains to be seen.
Nia DaCosta has been tapped to direct the feature but most of the plot details are still fuzzy, aside from the fact that toxic fandom will be addressed in some way, shape or form. It’s also been confirmed that the new pic will return to the neighborhood where the creepy legend began all those years ago and the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood will serve as the backdrop for what’s sure to be an extremely terrifying adventure from one of modern horror’s greatest minds.
Candyman will hit theaters on June 12th, 2020 and as soon as we learn more about it, we’ll be sure to let you know, so stay tuned.