Jordan Peele Eyes Candyman Remake


What We Know So Far

Jordan Peele is in talks to revive the Candyman franchise for a modern remake.

It’s not known yet whether Peele will write or direct the remake. It’s also possible that some of the original film’s stars—Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen—might come back for a direct sequel to the first movie. There’s a trend for ditching decades of sequels and reboots, as with the Halloween franchise.

Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions also produced BlacKkKlansman and will oversee production on another genre-bending contemporary horror film, Lovecraft Country.

Still Terrifying After 26 Years

Starring tony Todd as the villain with a tragic backstory, the original Candyman premiered in 1992. Based on an original story by Clive Barker, the film portrays the standard “Bloody Mary” urban legend with a twist. The Candyman can be summoned by saying his name 5 times in the mirror—so like, don’t try this at home—and goes on a killing spree once he’s been called.

The plot gives Peele plenty to work with in terms of social commentary. The Candyman was once an artist in the late 1800s who was killed by a lynch mob that covered him in honey and let him be stung to death by bees.

What’s Next from Jordan Peele?

After the phenomenal success of Get Out, Jordan Peele can do pretty much whatever he wants. He’s already lined up for his next feature—another horror film called Us starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke—as well as a reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS.

Before turning his hand to horror, Peele was one half of the comedy duo Key & Peele alongside Keegan-Michael Key.

Will Peele return to his comedy roots? Possibly not. “One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite,” he said.