Director Nia DaCosta’s reboot of the Candyman franchise / “spiritual sequel” to the original Candyman (which you can watch HERE) reached theatres just over two weeks ago – but starting this Friday, you won’t have to leave your house to see it. The film’s official Twitter account has announced that it’s coming to VOD on September 17th.
DaCosta wrote the screenplay for the new Candyman with producers Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. It has the following synopsis:
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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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.
The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and original Candyman cast member Vanessa Williams, reprising the role of Anne-Marie McCoy. The Anthony McCoy mentioned in the synopsis is Anne-Marie’s son, the baby from the first film. Tony Todd is also in the film, and so is a Candyman who is named Sherman Fields and played by Michael Hargrove.
Ian Cooper produced this Candyman with Peele and Rosenfeld.
I haven’t seen the movie yet and wasn’t planning to go see it on the big screen, so I’m glad to hear I’ll be able to watch it on a home screen this weekend. Up to this point, Candyman 2021 has made over $59 million at the global box office during its brief theatrical run.