‘Candyman’: Nia DaCosta And Jordan Peele Horror Set For Summer 2021

Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman.

Sadly, you could call out for Candyman a thousand times and you still wouldn’t get the hooked-villain to show up until August 27th 2021.  Universal has delayed Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s Candyman film until that time next year. It was originally to open in June before sliding to September due to you-know-what, then moved again to October 16th which was the date that once belonged to Halloween Kills, and finally out of 2020 altogether.

The film is a soft relaunch of the horror franchise led by Tony Todd as the hooked killer. He returns for this one along with the red-hot Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Vanessa E. Williams.

Candyman is still expected to open in theaters. For now. We’ll see how that shakes out. A movie like this, which didn’t cost a sizable amount, could easily make its money back on VOD.

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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