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Nia DaCosta’s Candyman Gets August 2021 Release Date

October 21, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Candyman will officially be telling people to say his name next summer, with a release date officially set. Universal Pictures has announcd that the Nia DaCosta-directed revival of the franchise is set to release on August 27th, 2001. This comes after the film was pushed first to September, then October, and then to a non-specific 2021 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film was co-written by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, with original Candyman Tony Todd rumored but not yet confirmed to appear.

The film is described as follows:

“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) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah 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 (Colman 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.”

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