‘Candyman’ Producer Says New Film Will Address Toxic Fandom – Produced By

“They’ve gone through many iterations let’s just say.” “It’s something Jordan has been talking to me about for many years and it’s gone through iterations that are so high concept they’re basically a Gus Van Sant film,” Cooper said.
“I think my issue with fandom is that it’s really problematic. It’s probably the most problematic thing facing the genre.” “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,” 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.” “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.
Candyman is set for a June 12, 2020 release.” />
Peele used Get Out and Us to address race and inequality in entertaining stories. Cooper is likely referring to fan petitions to remake the last season of Game of Thrones or fans bullying actors like Kelly Marie Tran online.
Jordan Peele is producing a new Candyman movie and has cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the new Candyman. Monkeypay Creative Director Ian Cooper was on a Produced By Conference panel The New Age of Producing Horror. Deadline asked Cooper how Candyman would fit in with what Monkeypaw has done with Get Out and Us. His answer, surprisingly, was that Peele wants to address how toxic fandom has become.
“Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop,” Cooper said. Tony Todd said he has been approached by the producers of Candyman, but Cooper would not elaborate on Todd’s potential involvement.
“It typically comes with a dogma that is abrasive and that is more resistant to change and permutation than you would think,” Cooper continued. “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.”
The film spawned two sequels. If you say his name five times in the mirror, he comes for you. The 1992 film starred Tony Todd as Candyman, a former slave lynched for a relationship with a white woman. Candyman is based on a Clive Barker story.
The Candyman that Peele is now producing is the latest of many approaches Peele has attempted.

MGM & Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Team For ‘Candyman’ Sequel; Nia DaCosta To Direct; Universal To Release In 2020

“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend,” said Peele.
The announcement was made today by MGM's Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman today.
There's been buzz out there on the internet about Peele circling a Candyman remake but MGM, Universal and Monkeypaw made the news official today, and what's new is DaCosta as director and Universal's summer release. The original movie spawned a 1995 sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and 1999 one Candyman 3: Day of the Dead, the latter which was direct to video.” />
MGM is producing and financing. Cameras will roll this spring and Universal Pictures will release Candyman in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.
DaCosta's recent crime drama feature Little Woods starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and earned her the Nora Ephron Award. Nia DaCosta will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures is partnering with Monkeypaw Productions’ Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld to produce a reboot of Candyman, the 1992 horror classic adapted from Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden.
Meanwhile, MGM is coming off of a fantastic weekend with Creed II which turned in the best 5-day Thanksgiving opening ever for a live action feature with $56M. Peele wrote and directed Get Out which earned $250M worldwide for Universal and Blumhouse and reaped four Oscar noms including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and a Best Original Screenplay win for the filmmaker.
“We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of Candyman. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker’s haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans,” said Glickman.
Tony Todd originated the role of Candyman aka Daniel Robitaille, an urban legend who is summoned to kill when his name is said five times by a person facing a mirror. The new Candyman is being billed as a 'spiritual sequel' to the original and returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.