Director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman was set to hit theaters back in June but was pushed to September, then October, and now “sometime in 2021.” But anyhow, today DaCosta teased the spiritual sequel will sport body horror galore.
DaCosta tells the Nightstream Film Festival (via /Film): “In the original, he’s already a fully formed … monster… And so, it’s really like a reveal of like, ‘Here’s my chest. I’m fully formed, I’m fully grotesque,’ and in this one, we really wanted it to be a slow progression … I really wanted to trigger the response of like, you know when all of us have had a rash or something, and we’re like, hmm, what’s that? Maybe it’s a heat rash, and then maybe it doesn’t go away for a while and you’re like, hm, interesting. Should I go to the doctor? No, it’s probably fine. And then for a vast majority of people, it goes away. In this movie, of course, it doesn’t go away, it gets worse, and so I wanted to have that effect. If someone goes home after watching this movie and looks at their own rash, or bump, or mosquito bite and is a little more freaked out, then I’ve done my job. And that’s really what I wanted to do, it’s about getting inside the head of the audience and really viscerally disturbing them and tracking it psychologically with the sense of the main character.”
Moo-Haha. Sounds like good times to me!
For as long as the residents can remember, Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing projects have been terrorized by a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In the present day, an artist named Anthony moves into a luxury loft condo in now gentrified Cabrini. With his career stalling, a chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific true story behind the Candyman. Anthony begins to explore these macabre details, 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.
Written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta, the new film has been delayed once again to sometime in 2021. Stay tuned for updates as we hear them.