Tony Todd Has Not Been Approached for Jordan Peele’s Candyman


Jordan Peele's Candyman reboot

Tony Todd has not been approached for Jordan Peele’s Candyman reboot

Tony Todd, the original 1992 Candyman, hasn’t been approached by Jordan Peele to appear in his new re-imagining of the franchise.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Todd said that “I know he’s a fan. We’re waiting just like the rest of the world. I’m hoping I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn’t that make sense? But it’s Hollywood, so I won’t take it personally if for some reason it doesn’t work out.

Todd seems like he’s keeping a positive attitude towards his potential cameo, adding If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that.

The actor reprised the role in the original film’s two sequels as well: 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (directed by future Oscar-winner Bill Condon) and 1999’s direct-to-DVD Candyman: Day of the Dead. Todd most recently appeared in the horror film Hell Fest, and voiced Darkseid in this week’s DC animated release Reign of the Supermen.

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Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct Candyman from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. The film, a “spiritual sequel” to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

MGM will produce and finance Candyman with Universal handling domestic theatrical distribution. Adam Rosenberg, MGM’s Co-President of Production and Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Vice President of Production will oversee the project on behalf of the studio and Ian Cooper will produce for Monkeypaw.

Production is expected to begin Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release Candyman theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020.