CANDYMAN: Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta To Direct; New Image Released

During a new interview, Candyman producer Jordan Peele revealed that he did consider directing the horror reboot, but felt that Top Boy filmmaker Nia DaCosta was a far better fit for the material...

When we first heard about Universal and MGM's Candyman remake, it was unclear if Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) was on board as director as well as produver, but it was later announced that Nia DaCosta (Top Boy) would actually helm the picture.

Now, Peele has explained why he felt the up-and-coming filmmaker was the right woman for the job.

“I was working on Us when this would have happened,” Peele tells Empire in their latest issue. “But quite honestly, Nia is better to shoot this than I am. I’m way too obsessed with the original tales in my head. I probably wouldn’t be any good. But Nia has a steady manner about her which you don’t see a lot in the horror space. She’s refined, elegant, every shot is beautiful. It’s a beautiful, beautiful movie. I’m so glad I didn’t mess it up.”

The mag also debuted a new image from the movie, giving us another look at Teyonah Parris (WandaVision; Empire) as protagonist Brianna Cartwright.

Candyman 2020 exclusive

Specific plot details for Candyman - which was actually developed as a "spiritual sequel" to the original - are still under wraps, but we do know that this retelling will "return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood."

We recently found out that Candyman had moved from its original release date of June 12 to September 25.

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