Bernard Rose‘s 1992 horror film Candyman has long been a underrated mini-masterpiece of the genre, and has been rumoured to be getting the remake treatment for close to a decade now. Nothing has come from the previous reports, but Blood Disgusting has heard that Jordan Peele, writer/director of Get Out, is in talks to produce a remake via his Monkeypaw Productions.
The original film is based off Clive Barker‘s short story The Forbidden, with the adaptation being moved from its original setting in England to a public housing development in Chicago, with Tony Todd playing the titular urban legend, an artist and son of a slave who had his hand severed and was then murdered with the help of bees. Yep, it’s a little out there.
The franchise has been dormant for two decades, with 1995’s Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh not faring well and 1999’s Candyman: Day Of The Dead being released straight to video. The rights have reportedly become available once again, but it’s unclear who has picked them up, but Peele is certainly interested in the project, and may even have plans to direct as well.
Peele is currently filming Us, another film that he has termed a “social thriller”, while Monkeypaw Productions have produced BlacKkKlansman this year, and are also behind the upcoming Lovecraft Country and Twilight Zone remake.
With Peele now enshrined as one of the most popular contemporary directors, this Candyman news will likely travel quickly and fans will begin to get excited. Let’s just hope that it’s not another remake tease that doesn’t come to fruition.