Jordan Peele has continued to gather a powerful cast around his upcoming reboot of Candyman as shooting begins in Chicago. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Misfits and Colman Domingo Fear the Walking Dead have now joined the horror film from writers Peele and Win Rosenfeld under Peele's Monkeypaw Productions.
The new Candyman cast members are joining two quickly rising stars. Already attached to the project are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris. Abdul-Mateen II stepped away from the small screen momentarily after The Get Down was ended too soon and flew onto the silver screen in a series of popular films. He was featured in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman. He also portrayed the antagonist Manta in Aquaman and Russel/Weyland in Us, Peele's follow-up to Get Out. He can next be seen in HBO's upcoming Watchmen.
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Nia DaCosta Little Woods is directing the film which is described as a "spiritual sequel" to Bernard Rose's 1992 horror movie. Based on Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden," Candyman centers on an urban legend of a former slave that was murdered because of his relationship with a white woman. When her family learned of the forbidden love, he was smeared with honey so bees would attack him and then burned to death. His ashes were scattered at what would become the Cabrini-Green housing projects. The legend stated if you said his name five times in the mirror, he would come to murder you. You know, like urban legends do.
The set is bound to be an eerie one because among the various Chicago shooting locations is the neighborhood where the legend first began: The Cabrini-Green housing projects. Although the projects have since been gentrified, the intention counts. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures MGM is co-financing the film with BRON creative, and that is good news for the city of Chicago. Candyman will be shot entirely in the windy city, likely bringing jobs and money with it. Not to mention the aesthetic realism that can come from shooting on location.
Expectations are high for the classic film's reboot because Monkeypaw Productions has churned out some successful movies since it opened in 2012. Under the banner, Peele wrote, produced and directed both Get Out and Us. The company also produced Spike Lee's BlackkKlansman. This news was first reported by Deadline.
EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Misfits and Colman Domingo Fear the Walking Dead are ready to say his name five times in the mirror. The two actors have joined Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Us and Teyonah Parris If Beale Street Could Talk in Jordan Peele’s forthcoming reboot of the classic horror film Candyman, which has begun principal photography this week in Chicago. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. release date set for June 12, 2020.
The film from MGM and Peele and Win Rosenfeld's Monkeypaw Productions will be directed by Nia DaCosta Little Woods and will be a spiritual sequel to Benard Rose’s 1992 gothic horror movie which was originally based on Clive Barker's short story The Forbidden. The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
The original movie followed the urban legend of the titular character and starred Tony Todd as Candyman, a former slave turned artist who fell in love and with a white woman and fathered a child during the late 1800s. Because of this forbidden relationship, his lover’s father hired a lynch mob to kill him. He was smeared with honey and bees attacked him. He was burned to death and his ashes were scattered upon what became the present-day the Cabrini-Green housing project. The story of his death became an urban legend and by saying his name five times in the mirror, he comes murders you. The horror became popular among the masses and spawned two sequels.
Tony Todd in the original “Candyman” Shutterstock
Stewart-Jarrett is best known for his roles on British TV series Misfits and Utopia. In 2018 he starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-Winning revival of Angels in America. A Tony and Lawrence Olivier-nominated actor and playwright, Domingo is known for his role as Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead. He also appears on HBO’s Euphoria. He can next be seen in A24's Zola, Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky and The God Committee alongside Kelsey Grammar and Julia Stiles. He is currently filming Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.
Abdul-Mateen II can next be seen in HBO’s forthcoming Watchmen. He has also appeared in Black Mirror, The Get Down, Aquaman and The Greatest Showman. Parris starred in Justin Simien’s Dear White People feature which inspired the Netflix series. She also starred in Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and appeared in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk alongside Domingo. It was recently revealed that she will join the cast of Marvel's upcoming WandaVision series for Disney+, starring as the iconic superhero “Monica Rambeau.”
MGM will co-finance Candyman with BRON Creative, headed by BRON's Aaron L. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth, as part of their larger slate deal. Ian Cooper Us will produce for Monkeypaw and Adam Rosenberg, MGM's Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM's Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Stewart-Jarrett is repped by ICM Partners, Silver Lining Entertainment, Curtis Brown U.K. and Jackoway Tyerman Wetheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein Tyerman. Domingo is repped by Gersh and Liebman Entertainment. Abdul-Mateen II is repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Bloom Hergott. Parris is repped by CAA, Vanguard Management Group and Fox Rothschild.
A new Candyman movie is on the way, but it has never been completely revealed if horror legend Tony Todd will be reprising his iconic role or not. It certainly sounds like he's in the movie, but that has never been 100% confirmed either. While we await news on that front, it has been announced today that Todd has found a new project to call his own. He will be appearing in a new horror anthology called Realm of Shadows. Here is what the official press release has to say about the popular horror figure coming aboard this interesting new project.
Horror legend Tony Todd will star in the thriller film Realm of Shadows. This much anticipated film is a world of mystery, possession and shadows in an anthology of short horror themed tales woven into a full length feature presentation. Even the most shocking stories are based on true events."
According to the report, Tony Todd will play Fr. Dudley, a long time Catholic priest, dedicated to his profession. Fr. Dudley must watch out for his close friend Robby Duray, played by Jimmy Drain The Initiation, during a testing time in Robby's life. He also takes on the volatile task of taming Robby's diabolic alter ego, and steer him away from the snares of Satan.
Cassandra, played by Vida Ghaffari Fox's The Mindy Project is the alluring and mysterious muse of Master Makin...the mysterious owner of the haunted vault near Strain City's infamous cemetery and narrator of the shadows for our feature presentation. There is tension between her and her acolyte Corey, played by Denise Gurule Investigation Discovery's House of Horrors: Kidnapped.
This film also stars Lauren C. Mayhew, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Gregg Stone, Caustic Scifidelic, Mark Fowler and Noah Anderson. Production is underway by ThunderKnight Entertainment LTD in Denver, Colorado. Jimmy Drain and Robert Beiber wrote the screenplay. Drain and Brian McCulley is the film's director.
Todd is best known for the Candyman franchise and the Final Destination franchise. Todd is set to be featured in the upcoming Candyman reboot. He was most recently featured in the horror breakout hit Hell Fest, which is already getting a sequel. Ghaffari's credits include Fox's The Mindy Project and ABC' s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ghaffari recently starred in the action film Eternal Code opposite Scout Taylor-Compton. This news comes direct from October Coast.
As we all know by this point in time, Green Book and Moonlight Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will be playing our new Blade in an upcoming MCU reboot. So great. Now we know the reboot is in the works and we know who will be playing the new Daywalker. But just who the hell are the powers that be behind the scenes at Marvel planning to hire to helm this new Blade movie? Well, today we have word that, as lame as it is to report, it looks like we can count out Get Out and Us writer-director Jordan Peele.
It turns out that, while Jordan Peele feels it would be a childhood dream come true to helm such a well-known property as Blade, he has a lot of stories he wants to tell. And taking on a project that isn't a Jordan Peele-original, just doesn't feel right. Specifically, Peele recently revealed this.
"So many of those properties - it's a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff. It's a filmmaker's dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn't feel right. It just doesn't feel right. I'm a comic book and graphic novel appreciator, but I can't call myself a true fanboy."
And since we're all here and talking about the projects that Jordan Peele will and won't be directing in the future, let's touch base on Candyman. Why is it that Peele decided not to take the helm of his upcoming "spiritual sequel" to Clive Barker's classic?
Peele says in regards to passing along directing duties for his Candyman sequel starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Tony Todd to Little Woods writer-director Nia DaCosta.
"Candyman was one of my favorites. As a director, if I was going to do any pre-existing property it'd be something like that. But I just feel like, look let's help tell the story, but save my directing ventures for these stories that are my originals. I don't know a better way to say it."
While I'd love to see Peele take the helm of both Blade and Candyman I get what the man is saying about keeping his original films alive. After all, not many filmmakers are focusing on original material these days. And while that's not a bad thing, I think we'll live if Peele decides to stick to his guns on this matter. But only time and money will tell, I guess.
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Jordan Peele's last film as director was his original motion picture Us. Peele also produced that film along with Blumhouse head honcho Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, and Sean McKittrick. It starred Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, and featured music by Michael Abels, cinematography by Mike Gioulakis, and editing by Nicholas Monsour. Monkeypaw Production and Perfect World Pictures were the production companies behind the doppelganger nightmare which Universal Pictures distributed into a theater near you back on March 22, 2019. Meanwhile, this story comes to us from Rolling Stone.
Film journalists have already reacted in horror to the first trailer for Universal’s “Cats” musical adaptation, but that’s nothing compared to the overwhelming response from social media users. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, a viral meme mixing the “Cats” footage with popular music scores has taken over Twitter with terrifying results. One video that sets the “Cats” trailer to the “Us” remix of Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” has exploded with over 1.8 million views, and best of all, it got director Jordan Peele’s seal of approval.
Other viral “Cats” trailer remixes set the footage to Mica Levi’s hypnotic “Under the Skin” score, Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s “Annihilation” score, and the music featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” And of course the “Cats” trailer got mashed up with the “Just want to take another look at you” moment from Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.”
“Cats” is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running West End and Broadway musical of the same name. The film is the latest project from Tom Hooper, the director of “The King’s Speech” and “Les Misérables.” The latter musical was a major box office hit for Universal in 2012, grossing over $440 million worldwide and landing eight Oscar nominations. The “Cats” cast includes Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellen, and Jason Derulo.
Peele’s “Us” opened in theaters earlier this year to critical acclaim and $175 million at the domestic box office. IndieWire recently named Peele’s horror film one of the 10 best movies of 2019 so far. Even more impressive, “Us” is the only original property on the list of the year’s 10 highest-grossing movies so far. Expect Peele’s latest to stick around in the conversation as award season heats up this fall.
“Cats” will open in theaters nationwide December 20 from Universal Pictures. Watch the trailer remixes in the posts below.
— Jordan Peele @JordanPeele July 19, 2019
Under The Fur pic.twitter.com/w092p2xneP
— mournfully milly rocking to Forbidden Colours @fuckinalpamare July 18, 2019
The ‘Cats’ trailer but with the ‘Annihilation’ score pic.twitter.com/MIFUsjylzR
— Bob Marshall @bobmarshall July 18, 2019
What's my FAVORITE part of the #Cats trailer, you ask? pic.twitter.com/uSuJSb5La6
Get Out and US writer-director Jordan Peele has an all-new take on Clive Barker's Candyman headed our way next summer. Original Candyman and Hell Fest actor Tony Todd is expected to return in some capacity for the new movie, and today we have a fun story told by Todd about the filming of Bernard Rose's original 1992 adaptation of Barker's short story The Forbidden. It's a tale that centers on all those damn bees Todd needed to be covered with on and off again throughout the first film. And its a story about how Todd managed to make a solid $23,000 for all the bees stings he sustained along the way.
Tony Todd reveals this about the bees and his interaction with them in the movie.
"I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene. And I got stung 23 times. Everything that's worth making has to involve some sort of pain. Once I realized it was an important part of who Candyman was, I embraced it. It was like putting on a beautiful coat."
Embraced who Candyman was like putting on a beautiful coat? Yeah, and I'm sure the $1,000 per sting contract helped a bit too, right Tony? I'm just kidding. Now I don't know about you, but I would surely strap on a coat of bees if I could get paid $1,000 for every time one of the little jerks decided to sting me. I mean, sure, twenty-three times seems like a lot of stings to sustain, but I think it's safe to say, you know, they weren't all doled out in the same sitting. I am pretty sure that twenty-three bee stings in one sitting would kill a man - even a man of substantial size like Tony Todd.
Jordan Peele will produce his upcoming Candyman sequel through his Monkeypaw Productions with Little Woods director Nia DaCosta taking on directing duties. Aquaman and Black Mirror: Striking Vipers star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has already signed onto the new movie as the main character, a visual artist named Anthony who takes on an interest seeking the legend of the Candyman, similar to the role played by Virginia Madsen in the original movie. If Beale Street Could Talk actress Teyonah Parris will co-star as Abdul-Mateen II's girlfriend and Tony Todd will return for the 2020 sequel, although it has not been specified what Todd's role will be. Universal is set to release the film on June 12, 2020.
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Meanwhile, the original Candyman movie was written and directed by Bernard Rose based on The Forbidden by Clive Barker. Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, and Alan Poul produced the hit horror movie which starred Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, and Xander Berkeley, and featured music by Philip Glass, cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond, and editing by Dan Rae. Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment were the production companies behind the original movie which TriStar Pictures unleashed into a theater near you back on October 16, 1992. The $8 million movie scored a solid $25.7 million at the box-office. This story comes to us via The Guardian.