Audiences unfortunately still have to wait before the new Candyman film will finally be released. In the meantime, the film’s director Nia DaCosta has shared a really interesting video on her Twitter account. It’s a creative depiction of Candyman and his origin regarding how he became the legend he is today.
As you can see in the footage posted below, the video was created uniquely by paper puppets. Of course, what’s even more interesting, is that Candyman isn’t the only character in the origin video. It actually mixes in several other modern examples of racism and how many black people were unfortunately murdered and killed for unjust reasons, something which is devastatingly just as relevant now as it ever was.
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. pic.twitter.com/MEwwr8umdI
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) June 17, 2020
As director Nia DaCosta herself summed it up:
“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.”
It’s a truly scary video, not because we should be afraid of Candyman – but the types of people and events that created him. And, unfortunately, those people also targeted many other people individuals that were horrifically scarred or murdered because of the color of their skin. Perhaps this really is the best time for Candyman to make a return in the horror genre and remind us all of his name.
Nia DaCosta directed the new film from a script she co-wrote alongside Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The film was produced by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and Ian Cooper. It was executive produced by Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, and David Kern.
It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo. Vanessa Williams reprises her role as Anne-Marie McCoy from the original Candyman film.
Candyman is currently aiming for a September 25, 2020 release date.