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'Candyman' reboot moved to August 2021

Jordan Peele has co-written the "Candyman" horror film

Jordan Peele has co-written the "Candyman" horror film reboot script. The new film is scheduled to come out next August. Credit: Getty Images / Rachel Luna

The opening date for the much-anticipated (and much-rescheduled) reboot of the "Candyman" horror franchise has been moved to Aug. 27, 2021.

"Candyman," co-written by Jordan Peele ("Get Out") and directed by Nia DaCosta (the upcoming sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit "Captain Marvel"), is based on the 1992 film of the same name, adapted from a Clive Barker short story. Originally set to open June 12, it was pushed to Sept. 25 and then again to Oct. 16 because of COVID-19 concerns.

The trailer, released in February, has generated significant interest on social media. The original "Candyman" spawned two sequels, "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" (1995) and "Candyman: Day of the Dead" (1999), all starring Tony Todd as the supernatural fiend who appears to those repeating his name in front of a mirror.

Meanwhile, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," a sequel to the blockbuster comedy, which was also supposed to be released this year, will hit theaters next summer, Variety reports. It is set for June 11, 2021, exactly 37 years after the original.

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