The highly-anticipated remake of 1992’s Candyman at the hands of Jordan Peele is almost here.
This morning, Universal gave fans the first trailer — and it looks like it will definitely live up to the hype.
Feeling more like a return to the franchise (which spawned three films in total) than any kind of reboot or remix) we’re transported to the Chicago of today—the place of the old Cabrini Green (which was the setting of the original film) and lore about the mysterious Candyman are still intact.
During a special presentation of the trailer for the press, Peele shared it was DaCosta’s “geeking out” about the original film that made her “uniquely suited to direct this film.” Her take seems perfect, blending the gentrification of that era in Chicago with the horror and gore that played a huge part in the film that put Tony Todd on the horror map.
Watchmen’s own Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars as Anthony McCoy, who has an interest in the Candyman urban legend that results in something even more frightening than waiting for a boogeyman to appear in a mirror after saying his name three times. They made good on their promise of this not being a “parody” film (although who would’ve really thought Peele would’ve let that happen is insane). The trailer plays in a classic Destiny’s Child anthem alongside loads of the ultraviolence and some cool callbacks—while DaCosta was mum on a question regarding Tony Todd being in the film, it was dope to see Vanessa A. Williams return. It’s interesting to note that in the first film, she played Anne-Marie McCoy, and there was an Anthony McCoy in the first film, although he would’ve been a little boy…
Get into the trailer below. ‘Candyman’ his theaters in June.