Universal’s Candyman buzzes off to a September theatrical release


I dare you to walk to the nearest mirror and say the following words: Delay, delay, delay, delay, delay.

Universal Pictures has announced that the theatrical release for CANDYMAN has been pushed back to September. Originally, the “spiritual sequel” directed by Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS) and starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (AQUAMAN, HBO’s WATCHMEN) was set to buzz into theaters on June 12, though thanks to the continued threat of COVID-19, the film is now moving to a September 25 premiere.

Produced by Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions and BRON Creative, DaCosta’s reboot intends to conjure the love of the 1992 original, which starred horror legend Tony Todd as a hook-handed, bee-covered boogieman named Candyman. Joining Abdul-Mateen II for the supernatural horror film are Teyonah Parris (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK) and Colman Domingo (SELMA, LINCOLN).

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film CANDYMAN, DaCosta’s version sees a return to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

The decision to re-position CANDYMAN’s theatrical release comes as no surprise seeing as many films have been moved from their intended launch dates amid the COVID-19 crisis. It remains uncertain as to when theaters can safely resume business, so it’s only natural that a film as hotly-anticipated as CANDYMAN buzz off to a different date.

CANDYMAN will now terrorize moviegoers beginning on Septmeber 25, 2020.





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