Yesterday, director Nia DaCosta unveiled a brand new teaser trailer for the upcoming CANDYMAN. With beautiful shadow puppetry done by Manual Cinema and a score created by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, this haunting teaser takes us through an evocative series of events, with some recognizable to us. With the trailer reveal came the below quote attached which, if you didn’t pick up on this when the trailer ended, I’d suggest watching the trailer until you do.
“CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.”
I’ve re-watched it I don’t know how many times. It’s beautiful. It’s haunting. It’s a gut punch. It’s a cry to the heavens. It’s symbolic. I can layout the adjectives and I’m not even sure I can fully encompass exactly what all I feel about this teaser trailer. But I know that it has left a lasting impression on many of us.
There’s a lot of historical inspiration interwoven throughout the course of this teaser. The vignettes featured draw heavily from real-life incidents that have happened throughout our history here in the United States. We see a reference to the lynching of James Byrd Jr., and – most notably to this author – the wrongful execution of George Stinney, Jr. The final vignette focuses on how CANDYMAN became who we know him as and serves as a reminder of the connecting thread between all the vignettes featured. Racism, lynchings, usage of violence against Black people and other poc are ugly threads that we really can’t keep turning a blind eye to. And, in our current climate, we can’t afford to.
I can say a lot more, but I would rather you just watch the teaser trailer below on repeat.
Originally, the film was slated to be released on June 12th. Now, it has been set to be released for September 25, 2020. However, depending on how the current COVID-19 situation, it remains to be seen if this will remain the permanent release date for the film. We will keep you updated depending on the developments.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s “Watchmen”, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s “Euphoria”, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, in association with BRON Creative, CANDYMAN. CANDYMAN is directed by Nia DaCosta and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld, and Peele.
The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Jason Cloth.
Collaborating with DaCosta is a creative team led by EP and UPM David Kern (The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer), director of photography John Guleserian (Love, Simon, Like Crazy); production designer Cara Brower (Us, Twin Peaks ); costume designer Lizzie Cook (Sense8, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and VFX supervisor James Mcquaide (The Boy, Underworld franchise).