John Candy’s life will finally be immortalized in an authorized documentary from Ryan Reynolds and Colin Hanks.
Reynolds, a noted Canadian like Candy, confirmed the news on Twitter, announcing that Hanks was teaming with his production company Maximum Effort for the project. “Expect tears,” he warned.
A representative for Reynolds told People that the family of Candy, who passed away in 1994, was giving Maximum Effort access to the beloved comedian’s archive and home video footage. Confirming their authorization, Candy’s children spoke excitedly about the documentary on Twitter.
“Boom! So looking forward to working on this with them and our family. This project is in great hands,” his daughter, Jennifer Candy, said.
Candy came up in the Toronto troupe of The Second City improv group before his film career took off in the 1980s. He broke out with the 1984 film Splash, where he co-starred alongside Hanks’ famous father, Tom. He went on to star in projects like Stripes, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Uncle Buck, and ultimately died of a heart attack in his sleep while filming Wagons East.
Reynolds’ last project was Welcome to Wrexham, which, in a way, inspired him to get a colonoscopy on camera for cancer awareness. In 2024, he’ll return for Deadpool 3. Recently, Hanks appeared in the Paramount+ limited series The Offer and the Peacock true crime series A Friend of the Family.
With John Candy trending, I’ll just say I love him. So much so, @maximumeffort is working on a documentary on his life with @colinhanks. Expect tears.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 10, 2022
This is all true ?? https://t.co/kP8RFbuFgO— Chris Candy (@ChrisCandy4u) October 10, 2022
Boom! So looking forward to working on this with them and our family ? . This project is in great hands ?? @ChrisCandy4u @VancityReynolds @ColinHanks @MaximumEffort https://t.co/jW5XZyrlxJ— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) October 10, 2022