Because real life is scary enough right now…
MGM’s “Candyman,” a reboot of the 1992 slasher film, has pushed its June 12 release date because theaters are still closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now open on Sept. 25, 2020.
The studio’s romantic drama “Praise This,” which was originally set for Sept. 25, now remains undated.
Universal, the studio distributing the film, has already pushed three major movies — “The Minions: Rise of Gru,” “Fast & Furious” entry “F9” and “Trolls World Tour” — as Hollywood continues to grapple with the novel virus.
Universal studio took the bold step of forgoing a theatrical release entirely for “Trolls World Tour,” while “F9” will instead hit the big screen in 2021, claiming the release spot previously occupied by the franchise’s 10th installment. But so far, other tentpoles that have been postponed are still expected to eventually release in theaters.
For now, it is unclear how long movie theaters across the country will remain closed. But since public gathering spaces have been restricted to lower risk of exposure to coronavirus, theaters might have to keep their lights off through summer, one of the busiest months of the year for moviegoing.
Other major movies that have been delayed include Disney’s “Black Widow” and “Mulan,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” sequel and MGM’s James Bond sequel “No Time to Die.”
“Candyman” — directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele — is based on the grim urban legend. As the tale goes, saying his name five times to a mirror will cause him to appear and kill whoever summoned him. The upcoming film, described by the studio as a “spiritual sequel” to Bernard Rose’s film of the same name, centers on a struggling artist (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who begins to lose his sanity after discovering the story of the Candyman, which he initially uses as artistic inspiration.