Candyman‘s Tony Todd enjoyed his second horror franchise with the Final Destination movies. As the mortician who showed up to explain that you can’t cheat death, subsequent sequels always needed him to explain it to another group of victims. (He was not in the fourth film and only a voiceover in the third.) Sadly, it seems that Final Destination 5 would be the final Final Destination. Todd is surprised such a popular series wouldn’t continue, but explains why while speaking to Bloody-Disgusting about Hell Fest, which is on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
“I am [surprised] but I know why there hasn’t been [another sequel],” Todd said. “It’s really an expensive film to shoot. Just getting whatever accident set pieces, like for example part two with the whole traffic accident, that took a good five weeks to shoot and at least 20 million bucks. So there are other films like the Annabelle films which just focuses on a doll that they can shoot for a lot cheaper and still make money.”
The Final Destination films were profitable, but if the profit margin is bigger on Conjuring and Blumhouse films, then those are what Hollywood will make.
“I’m pretty sure that ship has sailed but who knows?” Todd said. “You never know. It was a good one while we had it.”
Editor’s Note: Interestingly, Bloody has recently heard rumors of a possible reboot on the horizon. Watch this spot.
Todd does have another potential franchise beginning this month, and it’s from Jeffrey Reddick, creator of Final Destination. The Final Wish is out January 24. Once again, Todd is there to explain to hapless mortals what will happen if they make the seventh wish from a demon. There is much more to his character that could be explored in sequels.
“Oh yeah, there’s always a backstory,” Todd said. “Whenever I do something, particularly if it’s a cameo, I make sure that I have a backstory written out so that I can talk to the director intelligent and try to communicate a three-dimensional character. He’s an anthropologist so there’s a lot to work with.”
We’ll have more with Tony Todd on Hell Fest when the DVD and Blu-ray drop tomorrow.