2020 continues to punish us as Universal Pictures have decided not to release Nia DaCosta‘s “spiritual sequel” Candyman sequel on October 16 of this year. Fortunately for those who still prefer to see their movies in cinemas, the plan is still that it will be showing theatrically, just not this year. We’re told that a new release date will be coming in the next few months.
Don’t say his name.
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.
Oscar-winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman.
Nia DaCosta directs from a screenplay she wrote with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett star in the film, with original Candyman cast member Vanessa Williams returning to reprise the role of Anne-Marie McCoy. Tony Todd is also expected to appear.