18 Jun 2019 12:48 PM +00:00 UTC

Jordan Peele's Candyman Film will Deal with 'Toxic Fandom'

Credit: Candyman (1992)

After Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele is attached as producer for a reboot of the Candyman franchise, and Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast as the titular villain. What's interesting is, the movie is looking to be a response to something that has recently become pervasive over the years—toxic fandom.

Talking during the Produced By conference (via Deadline) Monkeypaw creative director Ian Cooper talked about what direction Peele wanted to go with this film. He says:

"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."

Though it's great to get fan feedback online, there has been a lot of cases where the fans take things on a personal level when it comes to people involved with the movie. One example would be Kelly Marie Tran who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi; after the movie came out, the toxic fans went after her so hard online that she eventually up and quit.


Cooper continues:

"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."

We don't have a full synopsis on this new Candyman movie yet, but the original movie focused on a supernatural killer called the Candyman who came after you when you say his name five times in front of a mirror. He also has this backstory that he was a former slave who was lynched for having a relationship with a white woman.

Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta and is set to come out June 12, 2020.

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