Universal Pictures has once again delayed the release date for the reboot of the 1992 horror classic, Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.
According to a recent report by Variety, Universal has announced they will be moving the Candyman release date from September 25th, 2020 to October 16th, 2020. This is the second time the horror reboot has been delayed as it was previously revealed back in April that the release date had been moved from June 12th 2020 to September 25th 2020.
While no official reasoning behind the delay was announced, it is safe to assume the new release date is the result of the uncertainty on whether or not audiences will turn up once theatres begin the reopen worldwide.
Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele. The film features a cast that includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (HBO’s Watchmen), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Rebecca Spence (Public Enemies), Cassie Kramer (Bimbo) and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), while Tony Todd is thought to be reprising his role as the titular boogeyman from the original series of slasher films.
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.