Jordan Peele’s Candyman reboot will call out ‘toxic fandom’

Jordan Peele has made thought-provoking social commentary tones a signature in his two horror films. His reboot of 1992’s Candyman won’t be different as it will tackle toxic fandom.

After his second horror flick titled Us, Peele is back to the drawing board. We can expect that he’s working hard in creating a refreshing new take on the 1992 cult hit. Although not a lot of details about the reboot is circulating around, Deadline has provided a piece of insightful information.

The Oscar-winning writer and director will bring focus to problematic fandom behaviors. This is according to Monkeypaw Creative Director Ian Cooper. In a statement for Deadline Cooper said:

“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 is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film, but also be very satisfying.”

The concept of toxic fandom and fan service has made rounds on the creative side of the film industry. In recent years, it has also become a prominent topic in society in general. Problematic fandom behaviors translate across film genres. The loyalty and dedication of these fans have gone so extreme that actors of films have endured verbal abuse and cyberbullying.

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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