The world looked very different four months ago when filmmaker Nia DaCosta debuted the first trailer for Candyman, her spiritual sequel to the 1992 horror film. In the months since, a global pandemic has swept the world, while anti-racist protests and calls to end police brutality have swept the country following the killing of George Floyd.
On Wednesday, DaCosta shared a new piece promoting Candyman, illustrating the urgent themes at the heart of her film.
“CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs,” DaCosta wrote on Twitter about the piece. “The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.”
The puppetry for the piece comes from Manual Cinema, a Chicago-based performance collective, while the score is from Lichens.
The film takes place in the now-gentrified area surrounding Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, where in the original film a grad student was investigating an urban legend about a hook-handed killer. Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo and original star Vanessa Williams.
Jordan Peele produced Candyman and penned the script with DaCosta and Win Rosenfeld. MGM and Universal are slated to open the film in theaters Sept. 25.
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