Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot Gets A Synopsis

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Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis for Jordan Peele’s Candyman.

1992 saw the release of Candyman, a supernatural horror film based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. Centered on a graduate student named Helen Lyle who accidentally summons the vengeful ghost, Candyman became a cult classic and spawned two sequels.

Now, producer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta are collaborating to deliver a third Candyman film, due to hit theaters this summer. Described as a “spiritual sequel” and contemporary take on the original story, the new Candyman film will see Tony Todd reprise his role as the title killer.

Today, Universal Pictures offered fans their first look at the upcoming horror film with the release of the first official trailer for Jordan Peele’s Candyman. In addition to the new preview, the studio also unveiled a lengthy official synopsis that provides insight into the events that will result in the vengeful killer’s return.

Here is the official synopsis for Jordan Peele’s 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.

Candyman will be released in theaters on June 12, 2020.

Source: Universal Pictures

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