At the end of last year, we reported that there was to be a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 Candyman. The news so far has been just that, with it not being confirmed what line the story will follow or who would be playing the iconic role of the Candyman himself.
The film’s original title star Tony Todd, said that “of course” he’d like to be part of the project one way or another. He said:
“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.”
Of course it’d be great to see Todd return to the role of Candyman, but we also think it’d be great to let someone else give it a go. But, who? At this stage, anything can happen and that’s definitely something to get excited about.
Bernard Rose’s original Candyman was based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden and is, in my opinion, an underrated classic that sometimes slips under the radar when discussing some of the greatest horror films.
Candyman followed the son of slave who’s murdered by his lover’s father, leading him to haunt those who speak “Candyman” into their mirrors five times. Armed with a hook for a hand and the bees that took his life, Candyman is a killer with charisma.
Produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) will direct the new Candyman and the film will hit cinemas on 12th June 2020.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)