In development news today, the Candyman sequel brings in some major in-demand talent, a new sci-fi story from writer/producer Javier Gullón has been acquired by New Regency, and the sequel to the Call of Duty movie adaptation (which has not been made yet) has found a screenwriter.
First up, MGM has announced that they are partnering with Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Win Rosenfeld (both of Monkeypaw Productions) to produce what they are calling "a contemporary sequel" to the horror classic, Candyman. Universal Pictures will distribute the film nationwide.
The original 1992 film (starring Tony Todd in the titular role) was adapted from a Clive Barker short story, titled The Forbidden. This film is also being called a "spiritual sequel" to the original film, and will return moviegoers to the place where it all began — a now gentrified section of Chicago, where the housing projects of the original film used to be. The screenplay will be written by Peele and Rosenfeld, with Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) taking the directorial reins.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre," said Peele, via the MGM press release. He goes on to say that Candyman was a "major inspiration" to him as a filmmaker, and that he is excited to have DaCosta aboard. He adds, "We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker's legend."
Production is expected to begin in the Spring of 2019, with a projected Stateside release date of June 12, 2020.
Up next, New Regency has acquired a project simply called N, based on a short story written by Javier Gullón. Deadline says the story was "pitched as a grounded science fiction film with franchise potential."
The story was apparently a hot commodity, as at least six different entities were bidding for it, with interest for film as well as television. Gullón ended up choosing the big screen, and will write the script himself. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw will produce, alongside Peter Dealbert of Pacific View.
The story involves a group of journalists who are invited to witness a scientific discovery on the remote South Island of New Zealand. The discovery is DNA related, and could change the course of history. Will anything go wrong? Of course it will — the group of journalists (we're not invited, we assume) are soon forced to "confront an experiment that could threaten the human race." One female journalist in particular will have to decide whether or not to alter the future, and then try to escape with her life.
We wouldn't want to go and see the experiment, but we'll definitely check out the new movie. What about you?
Finally today, Variety reports that Activision Blizzard Studios has lined up a screenwriter for the sequel to their adaptation of the hugely popular Call of Duty video game series. If our use of the word "sequel" confuses you, there is good reason — the first planned adaptation hasn't been made yet. That isn't stopping the studio from having a sequel script ready to go at a moment's notice.
Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther) is the writer of the moment, and has been chosen to write the second installment of what the studio is surely hoping will turn into a franchise. Stefano Sollima (Sicario 2) was hired earlier this year to make the first movie, and will go into production next year. A cast for the first movie has yet to be announced.
Cole was recently named one of "10 Writers to Watch" by Variety, as he has been on a hot streak since writing Black Panther alongside director Ryan Coogler. This is the third major job that he's booked since then, including Failsafe at Netflix and Map of Bones with Lionsgate. He also wrote and directed All Day and a Night (starring Westworld's Jeffrey Wright), which is currently in post-production.