Given how 2020 has gone so far, we didn’t expect to see Nia DaCosta’s Candyman this year, and now it’s official. The film has been pulled from its October release date and will now release sometime in 2021.
While we’re disappointed to hear this news, we’d rather enjoy the film when it’s safe to do so. If nothing else, 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for horror. To give you a taste of what’s in store, here’s the synopsis for Candyman:
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand who could be summoned by repeating his name five times into a mirror. A decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, which has been gentrified beyond recognition and is now home to upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes him to the tragically horrific true story behind the Candyman legend. 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. In doing so, he unknowingly opens 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…
Described as a spiritual sequel to the 1992 classic of the same name, Candyman was co-written by DaCosta, Win Rosenfeld, and Jordan Peele. Peele, Rosenfeld, and Ian Cooper produced for Monkeypaw Productions.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)