Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Heads To Fall

Say his name five times and Candyman still won’t show up until fall. Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman film is the latest to be delayed over the coronavirus. Deadline reports Universal and MGM have moved the upcoming horror from its June 12th summer date to September 25th.

The early part of summer has been shaky terrain ever since the pandemic. We’ve seen multiple studios kick their potential blockbusters to later in the summer, or out of 2021 entirely due to the uncertainty out there. It’s unclear when theaters will be reopen and even then it may take time for moviegoers to come back.

Candyman is produced by Peele and based on a story he co-wrote. DaCosta embarks on her biggest film to date, having made waves with 2018’s acclaimed drama Little Woods. The Candyman cast, of course, features the return of Tony Todd as the vengeful spirit with the hooked hand. He’s joined by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo.

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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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

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Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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