Jordan Peele in talks to remake Bernard Rose's 1992 cult classic 'Candyman'

Jordan Peele won the Oscars this year for best original screenplay in 'Get Out', and is in talks to produce 'Candyman'


                            Jordan Peele in talks to remake Bernard Rose's 1992 cult classic 'Candyman'

After etching his name in history by joining the elite list of directors to win the Oscars in their directorial debut, 'Get Out' helmsman Jordan Peele is probably eyeing to produce the upcoming remake of Bernard Rose's cult classic 'Candyman', adapted from Clive Baker's short story 'The Forbidden'. Chances are, Peele might even direct the movie. 

While the film will be produced under the Monkeypaw Productions banner, it will probably build upon the horrifying conclusions that were left unanswered towards the end of the original movie. The horror classic trailed Helen Lyle, played by Virginia Madsen, a Chicago grad student who studies the legend of the Candyman (played by Tony Todd).

As Helen learns about the 18th Century man who was killed by a mob for betraying his community by marrying a woman of another color, she finds out that the same man returned from his grave covered in bees, and could be summoned by anyone who would call out his name five times. 

It is a matter of speculation among fans who would be taking up Tony Todd's Candyman (IMDb)
It is a matter of speculation among fans who would be taking up Tony Todd's Candyman (IMDb)

Although Peele is busy shooting his new thriller 'Us', there are high chances that he might also take up the role of Candyman's director. Following the failure of the two follow-ups, 'Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh' and 'Candyman: Day of the Dead', writer Rose had mentioned that he would prefer making a direct sequel to the 1992 original film. 

He had said, "I would love to do the proper sequel. There are all sorts of reasons why it’s never happened. I think it would be great, but of course, unfortunately, I don’t control the rights, otherwise, I would just do it." Probably the director who was able to bag an Oscar with just a single film to his credit will be able to carry out the writer's wish.



 

Peele's movie 'Get Out', which got him the Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category, is proof enough that the director likes to maintain a low budget and high quality while making his films.

During a conversation with Variety, he had said, "Genre is important to me because that’s what I love to watch. Every now and then, a drama will really get me, but for my money, I look to a cinema, I look to television as an escape. And that means an escape from reality. I think one of the things that we try and do is provide an escape for our audience — but to not let that allow us to shut our eyes to what’s really going on in the world.”