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Universal Pushes Candyman to September Release

April 4, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Candyman will strike a few months later then initially set. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has announced that the horror franchise revival, which was initially set to bow on June 12th, will now release on September 25th.

The film is the latest to move dates due to the shutdown of theaters as a result of the widening novel coronavirus pandemic. The Nia DaCosta-directed “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror classic stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II,Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and original Candyman Tony Todd. It’s 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; 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 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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