Jordan Peele In Talks to Produce a CANDYMAN Remake
Jordan Peele is a busy man.
Since the release of his breakout film GET OUT (one of our favorites of 2017), the guy has deservedly been in high demand. He's recently served as the executive producer on the latest Spike Lee joint, BLACKKKLANSMAN, as well as the television show THE LAST O.G., plus the upcoming series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY and WEIRD CITY, and the upcoming TWILIGHT ZONE revival. And all of this while being hard at work helming US, his follow-up to GET OUT.
And now, according to a new exclusive report from Bloody-Disgusting, he may be adding a remake of the 1992 horror film CANDYMAN to that list.
The original film, directed by Bernard Rose, was an adaptation of Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden." The film, however, made a significant change in moving the story from Liverpool, England, to the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, and changed its antagonist from a blonde-haired Englishman to an African American slave who was murdered by his lover's father, imbuing the story with a thread of social commentary that's rarely seen in the slasher genre.
If those changes are kept in place (and I can't imagine them not being), then Peele's involvement makes perfect sense. While it's unknown if Peele will direct in addition to producing, him lending his sensibilities to the film gives me a lot of hope for it.
As a director, I'd much rather see Peele working on original stories, but if CANDYMAN is going to be remade — which is inevitable, really — I can't think of anyone else I'd want to have in charge of it.