Jordan Peele is set to start his take on a classic horror film as production for the Candyman remake will begin in August. Monkeypaw Creative Director Ian Cooper recently gave insight to the direction of the upcoming film when he was asked if Candyman will draw similarities to Get Out and Us. Cooper stated that Peele wants to address the toxic culture of fandom in the film.
“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 you do 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.”
The original Candyman hit theaters in 1992 starring Tony Todd as a former slave who was lynched for having a relationship with a white women. Candyman then haunts the town he was killed in and comes after anyone who summons him by saying his name five times in the mirror. It will be interesting to see how Peele will relate the original story to the current culture of fandom.
According to IMDb Candyman will be a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film that returns to the now gentrified neighborhood where the legend began. Ian Cooper also hinted at the new Candyman being a fresh take on the original.
“What we’re doing with Candyman and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven’t seen the original film as well as people who’ve seen the original film.” The Candyman remake is set to hit theaters some time in 2020.