Jordan Peele in talks to produce Candyman remake
According to Bloody Disgusting, Academy Award winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) is currently in talks to produce a remake of director Bernard Rose’s 1992 horror film adaptation, Candyman. Peele would be producing the film through his Monkeypaw Productions and it is still unclear if he will also direct the remake.
Candyman was based on author Cliver Barker’s short story The Forbidden which is one of the stories from his Books of Blood short story collections. The original film follows the story of a graduate student Helen Lyle who is writing a research about local legends and myths in Chicago. While researching about the project, she meets Anne-Marie McCoy who tells her about the urban legend The Candyman, an artist and a son of a slave who had his hand severed and was then murdered by his lover’s father. Legend says that he will appear if you say his name five times in front a mirror.
The slasher film starred Tony Todd (Final Destination, Hell Fest) as the titular villain, Virginia Madsen (Dune, Sideways) as Helen and Vanessa Williams (The Flash) as Anne-Marie McCoy. It was followed by two sequels: Farewell to the Flesh and Day of the Dead.
Peele is currently busy working on a number of projects though including Universal Pictures’ social thriller film Us which will star Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong-o and Winston Duke along with The Handmaid’s Tale actress Elisabeth Moss; and the series remake of The Twilight Zone.