Following Friday’s announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back to December, Universal and MGM have also decided to delay the release of Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s Candyman remake and move it to 2021. The horror movie was scheduled to hit theatres on Oct. 16th, but without another big movie like WW84 leading the way, they were not willing to risk being one of the few new releases in theatres. Once again, we are seeing a domino effect as studios shuffle release dates, leaving theatres with little to show despite the fact that they have now started to reopen. Director Nia DaCosta had this to say:
“We made CANDYMAN to be seen in theaters. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories–how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph, and the stories we tell around it. 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.”
A new release date has not yet been set but is expected to be announced within the next few weeks. Although many were quick to label Christopher Nolan’s Tenet a success, the second weekend numbers in the U.S. are looking pretty weak (just $6.7 million), which is probably causing many studios to get cold feet. Now Death on the Nile is left as the next big release on Oct. 23rd, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see that get delayed as well. Everyone will be watching Black Widow and No Time to Die closely to see if they can maintain their November release dates.