Jordan Peele Talks CANDYMAN in a New Interview
“We didn’t have a Black Freddy… we didn’t have a Black Jason. When Candyman came along, it felt very daring. It felt very cathartic,” says Jordan Peele in new interview.
Bloody Disgusting has shared a series of videos, in which Producer Jordan Peele discusses his thoughts and excitement on Nia DaCosta’s new Candyman, as well as how he believes the new film opens the mythology.
Candyman premieres in theaters everywhere on August 27, 2021.
The new film is directed by Nia DaCosta and is produced by Jordan Peele and co-written by Peele and Win Rosenfeld.
“I think what Nia has really done is she’s explored race on all the levels from the uncomfortable to the downright devastating. And she’s kept a love story in there at the center. A tragic love story. Like the original,” says Peele.
“The original Candyman is one of my favorites. It’s a very influential movie for me,” Peele continues. “Mainly because… we didn’t have a Black Freddy… we didn’t have a Black Jason. When Candyman came along, it felt very daring. It felt very cathartic. And it was terrifying. This was one of the movies that told me that Black people can be in horror.”
“Candyman is an eternal figure, and what we did with this version of it is we focused on the connection – we tried to bring out the connection with the fact that this is an epidemic of violence on Black bodies in this country. Candyman can’t just be singular, he’s a concept. He’s a story. He’s a bogeyman. And that means he applies across the boundaries of time.”
You can watch the full interview on Bloody Disgusting’s YouTube Channel below.
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