Just last week, one of our big scoops from earlier this year was confirmed when we learned that Jordan Peele is indeed producing a “spiritual sequel” to Bernard Rose’s original Candyman, with Nia DaCosta on board to direct a script co-written by Peele. At this time, we still don’t know if Tony Todd will be back in the title role or if the role will be recast.
So what does Todd himself think of all this?
“I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago,” the horror icon just told Syfy. “If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place.”
He continued, “I’ve got so many other options that even if they make it without me, which I doubt, the attention the new movie will create will lead folks back to the original [film] because people like to see the source material.”
Todd also spoke a bit about what he’d like to see from the brand new take on the horror villain he made into a icon, while noting that now is the perfect time to bring him back.
“In 2018, I think there are a few neighborhoods that could use some Candyman justice, you know what I’m saying? I’m just happy that as an African-American man, that Candyman has once again been given the nod to enter people’s consciousness,” he expressed to the site.
Todd added, “I hope that they don’t dance around the relationship between Candyman and the love of his life, the reason for his death and that they are actually allowed to kiss. [Back then] it was rare that African-American male film stars got to kiss any of the white leading ladies they worked with. I’m just speaking my mind here.”
MGM will release the new Candyman on June 12, 2020.