Jordan Peele is in discussion to produce a remake of classic horror film Candyman, according to Bloody-Disgusting.
The original 1992 Bernard Rose-directed film was based on a short story by Clive Barker and starred Tony Todd as the Candyman himself, the son of a slave who became an artist and inventor who was mutilated and killed by his lover’s father using bees. The urban legend, as the film states, is that if you say his name five times in a mirror, he’ll appear and kill the person with the hook that replaces his severed hand.
The film became a success after its release, grossing $25 million with approval from many critics. It has since lived on as a cult horror classic.
It makes sense that Peele would want to revisit Candyman, seeing how his film Get Out became an instant horror classic. Also, Peele’s penchant for horror has been developing long before he ever made Get Out; many of the sketches on his Comedy Central show with Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele, often toed the line between humorous and downright freaky. There’s no doubt Peele wouldn’t imbue a Candyman reboot with the right amount of fear.