ICYMI: Jordan Peele In Talks To Bring Candyman Back To The Big Screen!
mistake, this Candyman has no sweet tooth. Being an amalgamation of
different urban legends, the story of Candyman, from horror writer
and film director Clive Barker, is about a man who
can be summoned by saying “Candyman” five times into a
mirror. At that point, he is said to kill the summoner with a hook
that occupies the stump that is his right arm. There’s more
to him in the film series Candyman, but if you want the
basic setup of his character: one part Freddy Kruegar, one part
Beetlejuice, one part Bloody Mary, and a final part Great Gatsby as
he throws murder parties because he just wants his long lost love
back… sort of.
Either way, it’s a very underrated film franchise, and who is in talks right now to bring it back? Jordan Peele.
Why Peele would be perfect for a remake or reboot (whatever they actually try to do) is right there in the trailer above. Candyman was originally a victim of racial injustice in the 1800s, which we all know was not a great time to be anything but white in America, and it could tie in greatly with Peele’s own horror genre he has dubbed “social horror”. It’s going to be a long time until people stop taking about or making sometimes misguided comparisons with other recent works outside of film to Get Out, but as it stands at this moment, Get Out is probably the only work that lives in this genre. While I have no clue what direction Peele will go (if he does end being involved at all since this is still just “talk”), it’ll probably be expected that he will hone more on the social and racial aspects of the tale than the previous films actually did.
Coming out before without a doubt to any upcoming incarnation ofCandyman (with or without Peele) will be Peele’s next social horror film titled Us on March 15, 2019. Plot details are being kept heavily under wraps at the moment aside from Peele stating it will continue his work with social horror.Us will star Elizabeth Moss andLupita Nyong’o.
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- Kevin Donaldson, YH Contributing Writer