To director DaCosta, then, it was key for her “spiritual sequel” to explore the theme of gentrification. “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele said when announcing the film in 2018, citing it as one of his “major inspiration[s]. ” He cowrote the film with Win Rosenfeld and produced it, as well as handpicking DaCosta, who broke out in 2018 with the thriller Little Woods.
Whereas Philip Glass provided the music for the 1992 version, the film’s new trailer peaks with Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name. ” Naturally, it’s a reference to how the titular Candyman is summoned: by saying his name five times in front of a mirror.
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There’s another major difference between the films: In the 28 years since the original Candyman was released, its setting, Cabrini-Green—the infamous Chicago public housing complex—has been demolished.
Virginia Madsen and Vanessa Williams, who were in the original, have returned, and one more Candyman alum is rumored to join them: Tony Todd, the titular Candyman himself.