Candyman co-writer Win Rosenfeld has addressed the possibility of a sequel and if any of the original cast members would return.
Earlier this year, Nia DaCosta’s latest film, Candyman released into theaters. The film was well-received by critics, currently holding an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned over $77M worldwide on a $25M budget. What is not clear, however, is whether or not there will be any kind of follow-up to the film.
The original Candyman ended up having two direct sequels of diminished quality. The new Nia DaCosta film functioned as both a sequel and a reboot, fully acknowledging the events of the first movie while doing its own thing. In the film, the entity known as Candyman was revealed to be a number of African Americans who were unjustly killed. Tony Todd’s Daniel Robitaille was simply the first to have the name. Throughout most of the film, the role of Candyman was played by Michael Hargrove’s Sherman Fields who was shot by police in the 1970s.
At the very end of the film, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Anthony McCoy is transformed into another version of Candyman who massacres a group of Chicago police officers who shot him. As he does this the various faces of Candyman appear in reflections before a digital de-aged Tony Todd appears as Robitaille encouraging Teyonah Parris’ Brianna Cartwright to tell everyone what happened. While not explicitly setting up a sequel, the film’s ending does leave room open for a continuation.
While speaking to Comicbook.com, Candyman co-writer Win Rosenfeld addressed the possibility of a sequel and who may be involved if they decided to move forward:
“I think it always comes down to, is there something new to say? Is there something new? You could make … We don’t ever presume to have closed the book on something as epic as Candyman. I don’t know. I mean, there’s a part of you that comes into a movie, at least for Jordan and Monkey Paw, the way we look at things, we don’t try to create something as a launchpad for a franchise. So that’s not how we think and so our idea was we did want to be in conversation with and be an almost mirror image to the original.
Mirrors, obviously, another big theme here and to the original film in a lot of ways. And so those two things could play off of each other. I guess, in a sense, you could argue that creates a whole circle in the beginning of a new cycle, but I don’t know. I’m certainly … I think we’ve, and the internet is very, very eager to remind me, that we have left a lot of mythology there that could be explored in a lot of different ways. And certainly, if that’s Yahya [Abdul-Mateen II] or Tony, or I don’t know. I think it could go any way.”
Here is the official synopsis for Candyman:
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 (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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 (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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.
Directed by Nia DaCosta from a script she co-wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Tony Todd.
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