Waxwork Records started taking pre-orders for their release of the score Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe composed for director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman reboot / “spiritual sequel” last week, the same day the film reached theatres. You can put in your order at THIS LINK – and if you’re interested in learning more about Lowe’s score and his approach to crafting the film’s music, a Candyman featurette has been released online that puts a spotlight on the composer. You can check that out in the embed above.
DaCosta wrote the screenplay for Candyman with producers Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The film has the following synopsis:
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and original Candyman cast member Vanessa Williams, reprising the role of Anne-Marie McCoy. The Anthony McCoy mentioned in the synopsis is believed to be Anne-Marie’s son, the baby from the first film. Tony Todd is also in the film, and so is a Candyman who is named Sherman Fields and played by Michael Hargrove.
Ian Cooper produced Candyman with Peele and Rosenfeld.
I haven’t had the chance to watch the new film yet myself, but our reviewer The Iceman gave it a 7/10 review that you can read HERE.