I can’t imagine many horror fans being overly excited at the prospect of the superb Candyman being remade, even with Jordan Peele heavily involved. One person who seems to be rather positive on the subject though is the original Candyman himself, Tony Todd who played the character in three films. Asked about this by ‘Nightmare on Film Street’, he replied:
“I didn’t realise that importance at the time, about how impactful Candyman was, particularly in the inner cities which had some of the strongest fan base. He was that African-American representing, you know, us. So I’m honoured. If Jordan wants to do it, do it. I know I’d rather have him do it, someone with intelligence, who’s going to be thoughtful and dig into the whole racial makeup of who Candyman is and why he existed in the first place. I know he’ll give homage and I know that if it gets made, I’ll have a plate at the table one way or the other.”
The cynic in me initially wondered if Todd just wants to play Candyman again, a role which he’s now rather too old for – though saying that, the filmmakers have their work cut out for them in finding a replacement who’ll be anywhere near as good [and who will have such a menacing voice!]. But actually, I think that Todd sounds genuine here. Let’s hope that Peele at least gives him a bit part, or even allows him to have some input.