Tony Todd wants to be involved with Jordan Peele's upcoming Candyman remake - and this comes after Todd initially stated that he had "mixed feelings" about the project. Todd starred in the original cult classic, as well as two sequels that followed, and he has gone on record to state that Candyman is still very much as relevant today as it was when it originally released.
The original Candyman followed a Chicago-based graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) who mistakenly summons a vengeful entity while researching urban myths and legends. Todd starred in the film as Daniel Robitaille, the vengeful spirit better known as Candyman. The film was an adaptation of the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker and also starred Xander Berkeley, Vanessa Williams, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Raimi, and DeJuan Guy. While Todd's stance towards the project was unclear at first, it appears he now wants to participate.
In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Todd revealed that he would like to be involved with the upcoming reboot. Whether or not his potential involvement would have him return as Candyman himself is impossible to tell, but anything is possible considering the role hasn't yet been filled. Regardless of the role, Todd has made it clear that he will be fine with whatever is offered to him. When asked about being involved with the project, Todd said:
"I want to be a part of the project one way or the other. Of course, I’d want to be a part of it. I helped create this character. I helped bring him to life so I’m sure if Boris Karloff was asked the same thing, he would say exactly what I say. I know the character inside and out.”
Candyman will be directed by newcomer Nia Dacosta, who is known for the 2018 drama Little Woods. Peele's involvement only heightens anticipation for the film, since he is fresh off his directional debut film Get Out, which earned him an Academy Award. Peele has also been working on several other projects, including his upcoming horror-thriller Us, which will arrive in theaters this March 2019. Not much is known in regard to specific plot details for Candyman, but Peele is said to be co-writing the film and will be producing it through his Monkeypaw Productions banner.
The addition of Todd for the upcoming Candyman reboot would certainly be a big selling point for fans of the 1992 film, and it would also be the first bit of casting information were it to officially pan out. Fans of the film would certainly be intrigued if Todd were to once again portray the vengeful entity after being gone for nearly 20 years, though they'd likely still be just as satisfied were he to take on another role.
Source: Bloody Disgusting