The Jordan Peele-produced and Nia DaCosta-directed reboot of the horror film Candyman has been pushed back yet again. The movie, which was supposed to be released on October 16th then was removed from the schedule, is now set to hit theaters on August 27th, 2021.
While some movies have moved to streaming services or PVOD, DaCosta has fought for her film to play on the big screen. She shared on Twitter:
“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.”
It would also just plain suck for a director to not see the film they made make it to the big screen! So, I’m happy that she’s fighting for a theatrical debut. We just have to wait a lot longer before we see it, like a lot of other films that were supposed to come out this year.
The new film is said to unleash “a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman.” I’ve liked what I’ve seen from this movie so far and this is the 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 (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 viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Tony Todd will also be included in the movie, and he is reprising his role as Candyman in the film.