Nia DaCosta Explains 'Candyman' is a "Community" Experience in Explanation About Delayed Release

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Universal and MGM pushed back the horror film from Oct. 16 to some time in 2021.

Nia DaCosta on Saturday morning gave better insight into the decision to delay the release of Candyman until next year. The filmmaker took to Twitter to explain why the movie will not bypass the big screen for premium VOD.

"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," she wrote on Twitter.

DaCosta 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."

It was announced on Friday that Universal and MGM pushed back the horror film from Oct. 16 to some time in 2021. While the coronavirus pandemic has seen a number of films bypass theaters, MGM, Universal and the filmmakers behind Candyman are committed to a theatrical release for the movie, with a new date expected in the coming weeks.

DaCosta co-wrote the script with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, whose Monkeypaw Productions is producing. The film, which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo and Vanessa Williams.

Since completing Candyman, DaCosta has signed on to direct Captain Marvel 2 for Marvel Studios.