One of the few films shot during the height of the on-going pandemic was another installment in the long-running Children of the Corn franchise. Originally thought to be a remake, it has since been revealed the latest chapter is actually a prequel that leads up to the events of the original movie released back in 1984.
Written and directed by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Ultraviolet), Children of the Corn saw a very limited theatrical run in late-2020, and there have been no updates on the new film since. The movie was only released on two screens in two Florida cities, and according to Wimmer, enough interest would warrant a wider release down the road. Unfortunately, Children of the Corn, like many other pictures, was pulled from release schedules entirely due to the pandemic, and a new release date has yet to be set.
One would assume that with many of the major studios (i.e. Disney and Warner Bros.) releasing their films to streaming services the same day or shortly after they arrive in theaters that a small movie like Children of the Corn would follow suit – but that doesn’t look to be the case. In fact, reports suggest the latest installment comes with a $10 million budget which is considerably more than any other franchise entry, and that’s before marketing!
I reached out to several of the companies involved in the production of Children of the Corn as well as a few crew members to see if I could get some insight on the film’s new release date, assuming there was one. Fortunately, I received two responses, both indicating a 2022 release date. Does that mean it’ll be a theatrical release? Will it debut on VOD? Your guess is as good as mine.
Children of the Corn stars Elena Kampouris, Kate Moyer, Alyla Browne, Trey Daniels, Luke Dean and Mike Duncan.
Children of the Corn sees the events leading up to, and including, the massacre of the adults of a small town in Nebraska by their children, after the adults’ irresponsibility ruins the crop and the children’s future.