Jordan Peele To Produce a Remake of Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Jordan Peele announced he is currently set to produce a remake of Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs. This movie is one of Craven’s more strange but mesmerizing film. But I think the reason Peele has selected this film is that it has a background full of class warfare, racial inequalities, and half a dozen other isms. The only real difference is, Craven wasn’t as heavy-handed as Peele is when addressing these issues. And that might be the Achilles Heel of the new remake. But we will have to wait and see.


If you are unfamiliar with the story, the synopsis for the film goes like this:

“When young Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family’s greedy and uncaring landlords, he discovers a disturbing scenario where incestuous adult siblings have mutilated a number of boys and kept them imprisoned under stairs in their large, creepy house. As Fool attempts to flee before the psychopaths can catch him, he meets their daughter, Alice (A.J. Langer), who has been spared any extreme discipline by her deranged parents. Can Fool and Alice escape before it’s too late?”


Naturally, this isn’t the first talk of a remake of The People Under The Stairs. Before Wes Craven passed away, he was in development of a series based on the property for SYFY. From what we know about the abandoned project. It was supposed to be a contemporary take of Downtown Abbey but with more Amityville Horror and The Hills Have Eyes thrown into the mix.


What we do know is that Peele will produce alongside Win Rosenfeld at Monkeypaw productions. Most likely, Peele will not direct. Hence, we will have to wait and see who is brought on board for that. Peele has been an entirely busy fellow. His series’ Lovecraft Country and Hunters are both still running with Lovecraft Country just ending its first season and Hunters going into its second.

What do you guys think? Do you think Peele will do right by Craven’s The People Under The Stairs? Here is the trailer for the original, just to refresh our memories. Enjoy.

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