So news comes to us about another horror film being remade and this time it’s a Candyman reboot. Now in fairness the original version of the film of Clive Barker’s book was pretty impressive as we covered in our review of the recent Home Ent blu-ray disc here having been reworked with the story relocated from Liverpool and a clever racial subtext to the film.
The Candyman reboot is to be written by Jordan Peele whose films included ‘Get Out‘ and the recent ‘Us‘ both of which were eminently rewatchable. But rather than the racial element here Peele’s spin will have the story covering fan-dom and their expectations and consequences.
Ian Cooper, a creative director at Peele’s production company Monkeypaw, appeared at a producers panel the other day and was asked if the new film will deal with social issues. He replied:
‘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 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 reboot is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying.
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‘
As for Tony Todd role in the Candyman reboot he said, ‘Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop’.
The Candyman reboot has a US release of 12th June 2020