Universal Moves 'Candyman' to 2021
It will be a little longer before Candyman can haunt a new generation of audiences. Universal and MGM have 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.
The news of the shift comes after Christopher Nolan's Tenet released into a U.S. theatrical market, where many multiplexes are still closed across the nation due to the pandemic. Earlier today, Warner Bros. shifted blockbuster release Wonder Woman 1984 to Dec. 25.
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Candyman hails from filmmaker Nia DaCosta, who since completing the film has signed on to direct Captain Marvel 2 for Marvel Studios. DaCosta co-wrote the script with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, whose Monkeypaw Productions is producing. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo and Vanessa Williams. It takes place in the now-gentrified area surrounding Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing projects, where in the original 1992 film a grad student was investigating an urban legend about a hook-handed killer.
Before COVID-19 shut down theaters in mid-March, Candyman was initially slated for release in June of this year. Though Candyman has vacated the Oct. 16 spot, the indie romantic drama 2 Hearts remains set for a theatrical release on the date via Freestyle Releasing.
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