'Candyman' Delayed Until 2021 By Universal
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'Candyman' Delayed Until 2021 By Universal

In a true sign that most blockbusters are moving to 2021, Nia DaCosta's highly anticipated Candyman film has officially been delayed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are just a few blockbusters on the schedule for the remainder of the year: Warner Bros.' Dune and Wonder Woman 1984 and Disney/Marvel's Black Widow. Announcements on those will likely come eventually.

The MGM film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarret and Vanessa Williams. Scheduled for release on June 12, 2020, the film is set in "the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood." Abdul-Matteen portrays Anthony McCoy, a man who becomes obsessed with the bloody legend and Parris will play his girlfriend, Brianna Cartwright, who is an art dealer. Jordan Peele produces the film through his Monkeypaw Productions.

The official description reads: 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 (Mateen) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Parris), 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 (Domingo) 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.

No word on exactly when the film will be released in 2021.

 

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