Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that a Candyman remake is in the works with Jordan Peele in talks to produce. Peele, who won an Oscar for his Get Out screenplay, is currently filming social thriller Us. It is unclear whether Peele would also direct, but his MonkeyPaw Productions would be behind the Candyman remake.
Candyman is a 1992 horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose. It was produced by Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, and Alan Poul, and based on the short story “The Forbidden” from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Volume. 5. Barker also executive produced the film.
The gut-wrenching thriller centers on a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis.
Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist… until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: Candyman.
The TriStar Pictures release also starred Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, and Tony Todd as Candyman. Candyman spawned two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman: Day of the Dead.
While we wait on more news about the film, you can check out the film’s haunting score by Philip Glass below.