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Nia DaCosta's Candyman Has Been Delayed Until 2021

From Candyman.
From Candyman.
Image: Universal Pictures

Candyman, the horror remake helmed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, was set for a release October 16th. In yet another covid delay, it’s being pushed back to an as-of-yet unknown date in 2021.

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What’s interesting here, more than just another example of the shambles the moviegoing industry is in right now, what with the pandemic and all, is DaCosta’s wonderful explanation for the delay. According to DaCosta, the desire to have the film be seen in theaters, as the intended experience, is worth the delay.

“We made CANDYMAN to be see in theaters,” she wrote on Twitter. “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.”

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At a time when the desire to have films seen in theaters is currently being used as a crass justification for encouraging audience members to needlessly endanger themselves and others, I’m refreshed to see the opposite take—that we clearly can’t do theaters right now, and so maybe let’s wait to release the movie entirely.

“We wanted the horror and humanity of CANDYMAN to be experienced in a collective, a community, so we’re pushing back CANDYMAN to next year, to ensure that everyone can see the film, in theaters, and share in that experience,” DeCosta continued.

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And she’s right—horror film watching, in particular, shines as a collective, theater-going experience. I hope this film has a chance to get that, and to get it relatively safely. 


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DISCUSSION

Well, I guess her implying that Disney was racist for releasing Mulan on VOD but New Mutants in theaters had the intended effect - she got her movie delayed so it could be released in theaters. Good for her.

Because why give people things to watch and discuss right now “in these uncertain times” when you can wait and make more money?

And no, I don’t buy the “this movie *must* be seen in theater” line. No good movie that truly has something to say needs thousands of dollars of technological equipment to be effective.