As of yesterday, only four wide-release movies were scheduled to come out between the beginning of April and end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic: Artemis Fowl, Candyman, Soul, and The King of Staten Island. As of today, that number is down to three. Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of Candyman, the Nia DaCosta-directed, Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name, from June 12 to September 25. At least it’ll still be in theaters for Halloween?
Other Universal titles to be shuffled around the schedule include Minions: The Rise of Gru July 2, 2021, Sing 2 December 22, 2021, Wicked TBD, and Praise This, about youth choir competitions, which had the September 25 slot. It’s now undated.
Assuming Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Todd — does actually come out on September 25, it will face competition from the likes of fellow horror movies A Quiet Place Part II September 4 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It September 11, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, and Edgar Wright’s “well-directed acid trip” Last Night in Soho, all of which also come out September 25. Stacked day.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
I have a confession: Jordan Peele's Candyman is actually moving to September because Nia DaCosta just bought Skyrim. https://t.co/2WLNNcnoPh
Not even saying Candyman five times in front of a mirror will summon Nia DaCosta‘s reboot/sequel for its originally-planned June release. As it becomes more and more clear that there’s going to be virtually no summer movie season this year, the new Candyman release date has moved from summer to fall, with a new September date in place.
Movie release dates continue to shuffle in the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and Candyman is the latest. The Nia DaCosta directed, Jordan Peele scripted Candyman was initially set to open June 12, 2020, but has now been moved to September 25, 2020. While I’m looking forward to seeing the film, I have to say: a fall release date is fine with me. Don’t get me wrong – I watch horror movies all year long. But fall release dates for horror always feel more appropriate.
Of course, there’s always a chance things won’t be back to normal by September, and Candyman will have to move again. For now, though, let’s try to remain optimistic and hope for the best. That said, Candyman‘s move is yet another indication that the summer movie season is all but extinct this year. There are a handful of stragglers: Disney just moved Mulan – which was due out in March – to July. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is also slated for July. Soul, another Disney title, still hasn’t moved from its June release date. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is also still set to open in July.
But all of these June and July release dates seem unlikely. If I had to guess, I’d say theaters probably won’t be up and running again until September. But that’s just a guess – I’d love to be wrong and have the date be much sooner.
In the meantime, watch the Candyman trailer again, and read the synopsis below.
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 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph, 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 Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation 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...