Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend

Filmed in Chicago, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman.  Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.    CANDYMAN – in Theaters Only August 27 For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized … Continue reading “CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release

Say Candyman five times…in 2021. After numerous delays, Universal and MGM’s reboot of the supernatural slasher film is scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 27, 2021. Jordan Peele wrote Candyman, which was directed by Nia DaCosta. Like many films slated for this year, the film had to postpone its debut numerous times during the coronavirus … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why

With Tenet’s muted box office and Warner Bros‘ decision to move Wonder Woman 1984 to December 25, other studios are beginning to take note. Universal has decided to push the Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-helmed reboot of Candyman to an undisclosed date in 2021. Many fans were hoping the Chicago-produced film would find its way to … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why”

New images from Chicago-shot film, ‘Candyman’

Yesterday, London-based magazine, Total Film, unveiled a couple of creepy Candyman covers yesterday, and the movie mag has now shared a trio of new promo stills for the upcoming horror remake. The images, from the Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-helmed horror film which was shot last year in Chicago, feature Watchmen and Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as protagonist Anthony McCoy. Anthony is an … Continue reading “New images from Chicago-shot film, ‘Candyman’”

Interview: Manual Cinema designers of Candyman trailer

Reel Chicago interviews the team from Manual Cinema, the designers of the Candyman 2020 trailer, about their 10th anniversary celebration. Manual Cinema, the talented team behind the new Candyman trailer, is a Chicago-based performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company.   Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle … Continue reading “Interview: Manual Cinema designers of Candyman trailer”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

Director Nia DaCosta has taken to Twitter to share a new promo for her Candyman reboot. The horror film was originally scheduled to be released on June 12, but has been pushed to September 25. DaCosta has shared an original short film teaser detailing his origins. The twist – the short retells Candyman’s origin utilizing paper puppets … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’

When Universal and MGM announced the remake of Candyman, the 80s classic horror icon, many assumed (including our resident Geek at sister outlet Reel 360) that Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) would be directing. As it turned out Peele was signed on to produce under his Monkeypaw production company and he chose up-and-coming African American … Continue reading “Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew – … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’

Abundance of Windy City talent to appear in latest film by blockbuster director and Metro Goldwyn Mayer With principal photography underway in Chicago on Candyman, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, director Nia DaCosta has cast several local performers in key supporting roles. The film’s previously announced … Continue reading “Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’”

Inside Full Spectrum Features’ Producers lab

This year Full Spectrum Features launched its Independent Producers Lab in partnership with the Illinois film office, funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts. Participants in the lab could not stop singing its praises, and the community leaders behind its inception remain committed to expanding the opportunities for Chicago’s independent filmmakers. “Generally … Continue reading “Inside Full Spectrum Features’ Producers lab”

Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health

Up and coming Chicago-based filmmaker, Chantel Chavon, makes her directorial debut by tackling the connection between racism and mental illness head on in the short film, When the Leaves Fall. Based on an original screenplay by Chavon, the psychological drama tells the story of a mentally-ill homeless woman living inside of a bus shelter, who … Continue reading “Filmmaker Chantel Chavon tackles racism, mental health”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

Social distancing is now the new norm. And with restaurants and bars having seating areas closed and overcrowded supermarkets out of stock in major cities across the United States including LA, Chicago and New York, take out and food delivery is norm as well. Chicago-based Grubhub has now announced a collaboration with the mayors of … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

Ramone Hulet, creative producer

Chicago-based producer Ramone Hulet joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Ramone Hulet is a … Continue reading “Ramone Hulet, creative producer”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Distributor financing urban filmmaker’s new horror film

America’s first serial killer was buried face down.

H. H. Holmes, known as Dr. Death , was America’s first known serial killer, convicted and executed for a string of murders in South Side Englewood in the late 19th Century.

“I’m playing with the idea that he wants to be turned over,” says writer-director Parris Reaves.

That’s the premise of “The Evil One,” Reaves’ new feature film, which is set to lens in Chicago this spring.