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'Candyman' Director Nia DaCosta Shares A Haunting And Heartbreaking Short About The Film And Our Times

By Jodi Smith | Film | June 17, 2020 |

By Jodi Smith | Film | June 17, 2020 |


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Nia DaCosta is directing the reimagining of Candyman, the 1992 film starring Tony Todd as the urban legend made flesh and Virginia Madsen as the woman that pulled him out of hiding. In February we got our first look at the Jordan Peele produced film set to hit theaters whenever they all open up again and people start going. It is an excellent trailer.

Today, DaCosta tweeted out a short involving intricate paper puppetry and all too familiar imagery. It speaks for itself, wordlessly sharing stories of racism and persecution.

In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his girlfriend move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

Candyman is set to hit theaters on September 25, 2020. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Tony Todd, and Vanessa Estelle Williams star.




Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.



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