Universal Pictures‘ release of MGM and Monkeypaw Productions’ new Candyman movie has been pushed back to sometime in 2021. The studio and production partners today said they are currently assessing optimal release dates.
The Candyman movie was originally scheduled to open in theaters on June 12, 2020, but with the theaters closing, it was pushed back to September 25 and then again to October 16.
Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, upcoming Captain Marvel 2) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.
“We made Candyman to be seen in theaters. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories–how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph, and the stories we tell around it,” said DaCosta.
She added: “We wanted the horror and humanity of Candyman to be experienced in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing Candyman to next year, to ensure that everyone can see the film, in theaters, and share in that experience.”
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 (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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 (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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 wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Monkeypaw Productions, in association with BRON Creative, Candyman. The Candyman movie is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Monkeypaw President Win Rosenfeld and Jordan Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta.
The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman (buy at Amazon), written by Bernard Rose, and the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.
The gut-wrenching thriller centers on a graduate student (Virginia Madsen) whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead.
The TriStar Pictures release also starred Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, and Tony Todd as Candyman.
Candyman spawned two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman: Day of the Dead.