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Ever since master horror filmmaker Jordan Peele announced he was involved in writing and producing a new Candyman movie, audiences have speculated whether the new film will be a sequel or a reboot of the 1992 horror classic. With the release of the Candyman 2020 trailer, we can now confirm some significant connections the new movie has to the earlier storyline, with two main characters of baby Anthony and Anne-Marie McCoy from the original movie also being at the center of the new film.
In the original Candyman, Anne Marie-McCoy and Helen Lyle met in Cabrini-Green, united over their desire to explore the urban legend of the Candyman. The two investigate the claims of locals that saying the character's name five times while looking into a mirror brought forth the murderous spirit of Candyman, a man who had once been a plantation slave, where he had been murdered for having an affair with a white woman by having his hand cut off and his body stung to death by bees.
Baby Anthony had been chosen by Candyman to act as a sacrifice to make his legend grow, and it took Helen Lyle sacrificing her own life to save him from the fire started by Candyman that ultimately consumed her.
The new Candyman movie, which sets itself up as a spiritual successor to the original, and ignores the other sequels in the movie canon, sees Anthony as an adult, who has still not escaped the shadow of the Candyman. In fact, grown-up Anthony willingly returns to Cabrini-Green to explore the legend as Helen Lyle had done before him.But it seems the spirit of the Candyman has his own plans and appears to be psychically brainwashing Anthony throughout the film to take his place as the new Candyman.
Anne Marie-McCoy also makes an appearance, cautioning Anthony from saying Candyman's name five times and invoking the curse. She is familiar with the Candyman in a way few other mortals are, and is doubly aware of the spirit's special interest in Anthony. So it would make sense that her greatest wish would be for Anthony to stay away from Cabrini-Green and the legend of the Candyman as far as possible.
For his part, Anthony has grown up to be an artist, and throughout the trailer, we see his art becoming increasingly more affected by the Candyman. At one point, he even appears to have set up a mirror as part of his art exhibit and actually encourages people to test the myth for themselves by saying the name in the mirror five times.
And so the victim of the original Candyman appears set to become the villain of the new sequel unless Anne Marie-McCoy and his other loved ones can rescue Anthony from the influence of the Candyman in time. It will be interesting to see what other subversive and unexpected elements Jordan Peele and the other makers of the film have managed to add to this fresh take on the Legend of the Candyman.
Week three of no theatrical releases. That will technically change soon — Universal’s premium VOD-opening “Trolls World Tour” has a handful of still-open drive-ins to play don’t expect any grosses reported. But it was a week full of important stories, with particular interest in a series of release date adjustments. However, no date can be realized if theaters aren’t open, and nobody knows when that will be.
• Exhibitor trade organization NATO held a webinar Friday. President John Fifthian raised hope that some theaters might be open by late May or early June. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, who oversees the most screens in North America reiterated his hopes for mid-June.
• With the COVID-19 still in its early stages of national spread, uncertainty about the curve flattening, and signs that in China, which had the earliest outbreaks three months ago, that viral decline doesn’t equal viral defeat, the reality is it could be weeks before anyone can make a reasonable assessment on reopening.
• Countering industry optimism that after weeks indoors, people will flock to theaters is a survey by Performance Research about public attitudes on return to public events. It saw 49 percent of respondents saying feeling safe about returning to theaters ranged from in a few months to never, with 28 percent saying if they do return, it will be less often. That said: This is a snapshot taken nearly two weeks ago, and shouldn’t be considered predictive. It showed similar or worse results for sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
• Sports league executives spoke with President Trump, who urged resumption as soon as possible. However, Dr. Alan Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, cautioned it is premature to believe that football can return this fall. Governors in some states that aren’t fully shut down, like Nebraska, encouraged voluntary compliance — with the threat that if the virus isn’t contained, their ardent fans might not have a season. Sports, of course, demand close player and spectator contact, and are more vulnerable even than theaters to the ongoing threat of contagion. But the idea that it is conceivable the country could have a year with no more sports is even more shocking than disruption to theaters.
• The key takeaway from multiple studio release schedule changes is, in re-dating titles, they don’t expect theaters to be fully operational until July at the earliest. Though key June and July titles like Pixar’s “Soul” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” remain in those months, “Mulan” on July 24 is the earliest rescheduled date for any major title. Other date changes act as a diversion while theaters are closed, but the reality is everything is written in pencil, not pen.