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The new “CANDYMAN” has been chosen

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to CANDYMAN has found the actor who will step into Tony Todd’s shoes for the title role.

Variety reports that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to take up the hook for the new CANDYMAN, which is set to roll next spring for release by MGM June 12, 2020. Abdul-Mateen recently appeared as Black Manta in AQUAMAN (pictured), and has a role in Peele’s US, opening next month. Peele scripted CANDYMAN with Win Rosenfeld, and the two are producing; the story returns to the site of the phantom’s original Cabrini-Green tenement haunts, which have since been gentrified. Nia DaCosta, of the acclaimed indie drama LITTLE WOODS, is directing.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.