Candyman is a 2021 supernatural slasher film directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta. It is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the Candyman film series, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as a struggling painter who becomes obsessed with the legend of "Candyman," a boogeyman who supposedly kills anyone who says his name five times into a mirror. Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo also star. Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams, and Virginia Madsen also reprise their roles from the original film.
Plans for another Candyman film initially began in early 2000s, with original film director Bernard Rose wanted to make a prequel film about Candyman and Helen's love, while a crossover film, titled Candyman vs. Leprechaun, entered in development. However, the studio turned it down, with both projects entering development hell. By 2018, Peele signed on as producer for a new film using his company, Monkeypaw Productions and later, in November that same year, it was confirmed that Peele would produce the film with Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and will partner with Rosenfeld to co-produce the film while DaCosta signed on as director. Principal photography for the film began in August 2019 and wrapped in September 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Candyman was theatrically released in the United States on August 27, 2021, by Universal Pictures. Its release date was delayed three times from an original June 2020 date due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised DaCosta's direction and the blend of social commentary with horror.