'Candyman' Remake Fits Jordan Peele's 'Social Thriller' Approach

Jordan Peele, writer and director of Get Out, may produce a Candyman remake, according to Bloody Disgusting.

Originally adapted from "the Forbidden," a short story by Clive Barker (included in his multi-volume Books of Blood collections that served as a source for other movies such as Rawhead Rex, Lord of Illusions and The Midnight Meat Train), Candyman transplanted the original story from Liverpool, England to Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, where grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is searching out the truth behind an urban legend: the Candyman, a hook-handed killer summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror.

Though Candyman had two sequels, one straight-to-DVD, it never found the success of other slasher franchises (Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Child's Play and Friday the 13th all had entries in the same period).

Candyman 's themes mesh perfectly with Peele's "social thriller" approach (Peele even programmed Candyman in a social thriller screening series, alongside Night of the Living Dead, The People Under the Stairs and more). The titular killer, played by Tony Todd (Platoon, Final Destination series, multiple episodes of Star Trek), was, in life, the victim of a lynch mob after sleeping with a white woman—the racist violence of the past intermixing with the racism underlying urban decay.

Peele is currently filming Us, about which little is known beyond the cast—Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elizabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker and Peele himself—so it's as yet unknown whether Peele would direct Candyman or produce via his company Monkeypaw Productions. Monkeypaw's other productions include BlacKkKlansman and an upcoming remake of The Twilight Zone.