Rumours are flying around Get Out filmmaker Jordan Peele and his supposed involvement in remaking the 1992 slasher, Candyman.
In what capacity Peele would be involved is unclear at the present time. Peele is currently working on the thriller Us which is slated for a 2019 release.
The 1992 film was written and directed by Bernard Rose. It was produced by Steve Golin, Alan Poul, and Sigurjón Sighvatsson, and based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, who also served as executive producer. The film’s scenario is switched from Liverpool, England to the Cabrini–Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.
The story follows a sceptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) as she befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of the neighbours believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.
The cast included Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, Tony Todd as Candyman, Xander Berkeley as Trevor Lyle and Vanessa Williams as Anne-Marie McCoy. Two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, and Candyman: Day of the Dead failed to become as big as a hit as the first.
As well as serving as a producer and director of Get Out, Peele was also a producer on Spike Lee’s latest joint, BlacKkKlansman. He is currently at the helm of Us. Described as a social horror-thriller it stars Elizabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke.