According to reports, Universal, MGM, Bron and Monkeypaw are yet to settle on the film’s specific release date. The COVID-19 pandemic has already forced Candyman to postpone its release before; its original June premiere date was pushed back to October 16. The studios are supposedly set on the film strictly opening in theaters and are not considering a “PVOD or a theatrical day-and-date release.”
A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 film of the same name, the reimagining is directed by DaCosta and co-produced and co-written by Peele. The official premise reads:
“For as long as the 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 the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, a visual artist named Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, a gallery director named Brianna Cartwright, moved into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by the 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 the 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.”
Elsewhere in entertainment, the scripted Joe Exotic series starring Nicolas Cage is heading to Amazon.