We still don’t really know how the new Candyman will relate to the original movie, and, in a new chat with ‘Deadline’, producer Ian Cooper addressed the issue and others – though he still leaves us in the dark quite frankly!
“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. 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. 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.”
He also said the new film will address “toxic fandom”.
“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.”
Do I detect a hint or two of arrogance there? Maybe a Paul Feig-like attitude to the fans? Ummm. And as for the involvement of Tony Todd, who’s said that he’s in the cast, all we got was:
“Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop.”
So despite all his talk we don’t really know much more! We do know that the story is about:
“Anthony, a socially pronounced artist in Chicago who researches the urban legend of Candyman. After investigating the killer’s last known whereabouts, strange killings begin to occur around Anthony. The protagonist will serve a role similar to that of Helen Lyle, the main character of the original movie”.
Nia DaCosta directs from Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, and so far we know that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris – and possibly Mr Todd – are in the cast.
June 12th, 2020, is the release date.