Don’t Say His Name
While not towering over the horror genre like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, the Candyman has still garnered a cult following over the years thanks to Tony Todd’s iconic performance as the victim turned vengeful monster. Now it seems the property might have fallen into the hands of modern horror master Jordan Peele, who is reportedly being eyed to direct a possible remake.
According to a recent article on Empire –
“Even as he’s busy filming his follow-up to Oscar-winning horror Get Out, Jordan Peele is using his producing powers to generate any number of other projects, including a new Twilight Zone series. According to the team at Bloody Disgusting, he’s in talks to nab the rights to cult 1990s horror pic Candyman.
Originally adapted from The Forbidden, a short story published in Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, the 1992 film introduced Tony Todd as the iconic urban legend, a slaughtered spirit who appears if one says his name five times while looking in a mirror and wreaks bloody havoc. It was followed by two sequels (though neither are remembered as fondly) and has been the subject of the usual remake chatter for years.
Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions company is aiming to grab its chance to make a new version, though there is no word on whether Peele would look to direct it – the idea of a successful black man who fathers a child with a white woman in 1890 and is then lynched, mutilated and ultimately killed with bees by the father of his lover is certainly something he could explore – or if he’ll shepherd any eventual film for someone else to make.”
Do you think that the Candyman name deserves a remake? While the mythos could certainly be tweaked in an intriguing way if put in the hands of a filmmaker like Peele, it remains to be seen if a modern retelling could pack as much of an impact as something like Get Out.
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