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Universal Moves Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ to September Release

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Universal and MGM’s reboot of “Candyman” now moves from its June 12, 2020 release to Sept. 25, 2020. Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods,” “Top Boy”) directs, and Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions and BRON Creative produce. As the coronavirus outbreak shuts down theaters worldwide, the summer release schedule continues to suffer in the aftermath.

Bernard Rose’s “Candyman,” based on Clive Barker’s novel “The Forbidden,” followed a grad student who accidentally summons a figure with a hook for a hand. TriStar Pictures distributed the film in 1992, where it earned over $25 million at the domestic box office.

DaCosta’s upcoming film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen”), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“Utopia”), Teyonah Parris and Colman Domingo (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). A sequel to the first film, the script is written by Peele, DaCosta and Win Rosenfeld. The first trailer for “Candyman” also has fans of the original hoping for a return of Tony Todd as the titular macabre legend.

Tony Todd in “Candyman” (1992)

As reported by Variety, Universal Pictures is also shifting the release plans for “Minions: Rise of Gru” moving to July 2, 2021, “Fast & Furious” title “F9” to April 2, 2021, and “Sing 2” to Dec. 22, 2021. Universal also recently pulled “Wicked” from its slate, postponing the musical adaptation until a later date.

While the coronavirus impacts the industry and the world at large, the anticipated summer movie season is disappearing. This week, Paramount delayed the June 26 release of “Top Gun: Maverick” until Dec. 23, 2020. The studio’s anticipated sequel, “A Quiet Place ll” also changes its premiere to Sept. 4, 2020.

Disney Studios also confirms new release dates, with the live-action “Mulan” heading to July 24, and Marvel’s “Black Widow” releasing on Nov. 6. Disney also reports “Artemis Fowl” is arriving early on its Disney+ streaming platform soon. Sony Pictures also postpones “Ghostbusters: After Life,” “Morbius” and “Uncharted” until 2021.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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