Bernard Roses’s Candyman, released in 1991 and based on a short story by Clive Barker, dealt with themes of racism and segregation. 2020’s Candyman, produced by Jordan Peele’s MonkeyPaw Productions and directed by Nia DaCosta, will address toxic fandom. This was revealed to Deadline by creative director Ian Cooper:
“We talk a lot about fans and the idea of appeasing fans and when you do that and how do you do that and when do you not do that. I think my issue with fandom is that it’s really problematic. It’s probably the most problematic thing facing the genre.”
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It seems incredibly apropos for the internet age, as fans of every genre are feeling emboldened and entitled.
“It typically comes with a dogma that is abrasive and that is more resistant to change and permutation than you would think. I think what we’re trying to do with Candyman is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying.”
Peele is penning for the Candyman reboot. OG Candyman Tony Todd will (hopefully) join previously confirmed cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris. Look for the new Candyman to materialize on June 12th, 2020.
Stay tuned and check back often for all Candyman-related news as details emerge.
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