With a new Candyman film on the way, the question is what Jordan Peele and the producers wanted the film to say. A big topic surrounding all of these remakes, reboots, and sequels are fan entitlement. It has always been there, but in recent years, it has become way worse due to the internet elevating everybody’s voice. So how can Candyman address this? The Candyman can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste gooood. (Sorry, wrong movie…)
A producer for the film, Ian Cooper, was on a panel, and addressed exactly what Peele, who serves as executive producer and writer of the film, wanted to say with Candyman.
“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.”
It isn’t just the horror genre, it is entertainment in general unfortunately. But the new movie will be a continuation, not a reboot. That is a delicate balance to uphold.
“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.”
If you haven’t seen or heard of the original Candyman, worry not, you can still understand this one.
“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,” Cooper said. “In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we’re doing with Us and did with Get Out in a way that will be circuitous.”
Peele is a thoughtful filmmaker, and even when he isn’t directing (Little Woods director Nia DaCosta is taking the helm), his message will still come through loud and clear. It will be interesting to see how he tackles this issue, after doing so well with sensitive stuff in Get Out and Us.