Director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman has been dubbed a “spiritual sequel” to the first telling of Candyman, which was released in 1992 and starred Tony Todd as the title character. Produced by Jordan Peele, this story brings us back to the Chicago neighborhood of Cabrini-Green which has become gentrified over the years. Vanessa Williams makes her return as the character Anne-Marie McCoy, who’s baby Anthony is now all grown up and is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
The film was originally going to be released on June 12, 2020, but, like many other movies, fell to the covid-19 pandemic and was delayed to September 25, then to October 16, then finally moving to an undisclosed release date in 2021.
With eager fans wondering if the movie would come back with an earlier release date and be put up on VOD, DaCosta took to Twitter to explain their reasoning and to reassure fans, “We wanted the horror and humanity of CANDYMAN to be experienced in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing Candyman to next year, to ensure that everyone can see the film, in theaters, and share in that experience.” DaCosta’s Twitter account and the original tweet have since been deleted, but it was captured by multiple news sites before its deletion.
After news of delays, an animated trailer for the movie was released on June 17th. The paper puppet animations wove together the origin story of Candyman with the real-life violence that claimed the lives of George Stinney Jr. and James Byrd Jr. DaCosta spoke about the new trailer, saying that, “CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.”
Fan theories have swirled since the announcement and the release of the trailer back in February, some of the ideas have been cemented and some others have been added. It’s believed that in this version, the Candyman is coming back for Anthony after unsuccessfully possessing him in the 1992 version. Many wondered would Tony Todd return at all? Some fans swear that we hear his distinctively deep voice in the trailer so maybe we’ll see him towering over us again soon.
I, for one, am curious to see if we get the full remix for “Say My Name” in the same vain that we got the “I Got 5 On It – Tethered Mix from Us”. I’m hopeful as the use of the Destiny’s Child song in the trailer was placed perfectly.