Jordan Peele’s rumored remake of Candyman has already earned the blessing of the star of the 1992 horror film.
Actor Tony Todd, who starred as Candyman in all three franchise installments, said the writer/director of the Oscar-nominated Get Out may be just the person to tackle the project.
“If Jordan wants to do it, do it,” Todd told Cinema Blend. “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.”
Todd said he feels assured Peele will respect the material and those who have been involved in the franchise over the years. “I know he’ll give homage and I know that if it gets made,” he continued. “I’ll have a plate at the table one way or the other.”
Adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Unbidden,” the original Candyman starred Todd and Virginia Madsen, who played a graduate student investigating the legend of the Candyman in Chicago’s projects. She makes the mistake of saying his name five times in front of a mirror and becomes framed for brutal killings that he commits.
Todd has appeared in a number of other genre films, including the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead and the Final Destination series. He also voiced Zoom, the primary antagonist of The Flash Season 2.
Peele is still in development on a Candyman remake if it happens at all, but the Get Out director has more sci-fi/horror material in store. Through his company, MonkeyPaw Productions, he will release the thriller Us next month and will serve as host of his update of The Twilight Zone.
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