I’ve got a confession to make. Last night, right before I put on my Jason Voorhees pajamas and slipped into bed, I went into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Just as I finished, I looked into the mirror and said “Jordan Peele” three times. I didn’t think that anything happened, but it looks like I might have just brought a franchise back from the dead. According to a report from Bloody Disgusting, the Oscar Award winning writer/director of Get Out is in talks to produce a reboot of Clive Barker’s Candyman.
In our current age of remakes and reboots you’d think that someone would have snatched up Candyman by now. The Bernard Rose directed original starred Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a graduate student investigating urban legends in the Chicago projects. When Lyle starts investigating tales of a hook-handed killer stalking the hallways of Cabrini Greene, she finds that The Candyman may be more than just a story. Horror icon Tony Todd starred as the titular boogeyman, putting in a performance that still gives people nightmares. While Candyman never rose to the same popular status as Freddy or Jason, the film remains a must watch in any library.
The last time any studio has even touched the Candyman franchise was 1999’s Candyman: Days of The Dead. That straight to DVD sequel saw Tony Todd haunting the streets of Los Angeles in a Día de Los Muertos flavored romp. With nearly 20 years to ripen on the vine, a new entry in the franchise would surely be sweet. And when The Candyman‘s involved, you got to give sweets to the sweet.
There’s no word yet on whether Peele would sit in the director’s chair on this potential project. After all, his company Monkeypaw Productions has their hands full with his sophomore feature Us, not to mention HBO’s Lovecraft Country, an upcoming television series based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. But one things for sure. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the mirror here at Nightmare on Film Street. You never know what might come out.