candyman reboot tony todd

The Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-directed Candyman reboot is generating a lot of buzz, but one question remains unanswered: will Tony Todd, the original Candyman, make an appearance? It seems almost unthinkable to do a Candyman film without Todd, but as of now, there’s no official word on his involvement. The actor himself was recently asked his thoughts on the matter, and he replied that he would very much like to be in the film in some capacity – but he also won’t take it personal if it doesn’t happen.

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Candyman remake

Actor Tony Todd was already well-known before starring in Bernard Rose’s 1992 film Candyman, but his performance in that film turned him into a horror movie legend. A supernatural killer with a tragic backstory, the imposing Candyman could be summoned by saying his name five times into a mirror.

Now, a new report says that Oscar winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) is in talks to produce a Candyman remake – and there’s even a chance he could direct it.

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Dormammu voice actor

Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange has one of the most inventive and clever final showdowns of any superhero movie in recent memory (and we’re going right into spoiler territory here). Rather than exchange blows or magic blasts with Dormammu, the demon who has been lurking behind the scenes for the bulk of the film, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Dr. Stephen Strange finds a more off-kilter way to battle his foe. It’s a hoot and further evidence that Strange will be a refreshing change of pace from the other MCU heroes.

And here’s some trivia for you: Dormammu was almost voiced by the great character actor Tony Todd, who actually recorded all of the character’s dialogue before the filmmakers opted for a different approach.

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Tony Todd Will Voice a Villain in ‘The Flash’

Tony Todd in The Flash

The villain cast of The Flash is evolving, and now Tony Todd is part of the ensemble. But he’s playing an interesting role in the show, because at this point we won’t actually see his face on screen. We will hear his voice, however, and that’s not because he’s playing some mysterious new CG character. Get the news below; we’ve kept the specifics on the role played by Tony Todd in The Flash after the jump to prevent any potential spoilers.  Read More »

Xavier Samuel to Play Modern-Day Frankenstein Monster

Xavier Samuel Frankenstein

Later this year, Xavier Samuel will be seen as part of David Ayer’s Fury, a film which features giant man-made machines. Now, for one of his next films, Samuel will be a man-made monster, as he’s set to play a contemporary version of Frankenstein’s monster in a film that updates Mary Shelley’s classic tale. What more we know about this upcoming Xavier Samuel Frankenstein project is below. Read More »

‘Final Destination 5’ Trailer #2

The other day in a post about the trailer for The Myth of the American Sleepover I mused about how memories of first love are one of the batteries that powers cinema. Well, one of the other batteries is the thrill of seeing another human bite it. And so enter the Final Destination series, which since the first sequel has been defying its own name while drawing in audiences happy to spend 90 minutes watching a cast of young hopefuls being offed in creative ways.

The fifth film in the series opens in just over a month, and you can see the second full trailer for Final Destination 5 after the break. Read More »

What adult woman brings a teddy bear to comfort her during Lasik? Thankfully, the answer is: one of the characters in Final Destination 5. The trailer for the fifth film in the ‘kids cheat death’ series is out and it shows what happens when you mess with death and then put yourself in the path of lasers and hot tar, or settle down for a nice acupuncture session. Check the trailer after the break but be aware — spoiler! — David Koechner‘s fate is revealed. Read More »

Despite The Final Destination being touted as the last film in the series, that didn’t stop Warner Bros./New Line from greenlighting Final Destination 5, so why the heck would it stop them from greenlighting several more? The studios are clearly determined to milk this cash cow dry, and their only motivation to stop is if the franchise meets its own pitiful death at the box office.

Such is the state of affairs made clear by a recent interview with Tony Todd, whose amusingly macabre, ominous presence is returning to the series for the first time since Final Destination 2. According to him, another two Final Destination sequels are probably in the cards. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »

final-destination-5-koechner

Over the past week there has been some casting movement on 5nal Destination, aka the fifth Final Destination movie. We haven’t reported some of it because, well, the movie was called 5nal Destination. And after the last couple films in the series, mustering up enthusiasm for this one is difficult. (Though there might be some reason to hope for a better outcome this time. More on that in a moment.)

Now, in addition to a couple more names, including the returning Tony Todd and surprising addition of David Koechner, there’s vague suggestion that someone in marketing or production has come to their senses and the film could be backing away from that ridiculous title. Read More »

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Gimme Remakes: Child’s Play and Candyman

Unfortunately, Chucky and the Candyman will not be giving each other Colombian neckties or enjoying a round of Stella Artois. Both of these horror staples will soon be the recipients of separate theatrical remakes, and Candyman might even become a white dude. But first, news about the redheaded, plastic enfant terrible, who just turned the big 2-0 (whoa)…

The producers of the Child’s Play franchise, which is five films deep, are making the press rounds and reassuring fans that their remake will be faithful. Don Mancini, who wrote all of the prior films and directed Seed of Chucky, will pull double-duty on the 2010 remake, and confirmed to AICN that Chucky’s voice actor, Brad Dourif, will return. Admirably, Mancini and peeps are not fond of CGI, and he added…

“I think what we are mainly responding to, [producer David Kirschner] and I, is the will of the fans, which is really telling us that they want to see a scary Chucky movie again. They want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy.”

Mancini, Kirschner and Michelle Gold admit that their remake is riding the trend wave, but it’s the best way to go. Continuing down the satirical road of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky would offer smaller returns creatively and financially. And Chucky is an iconic little bastard, so another film is a given. Let Slashfilm posit the idea of a Leprechaun cameo.

Over at Shock, there’s talk of a Candyman remake from Sony. There was a time when I thought the 1992 Clive Barker adaptation was one of the scariest flicks I’d ever seen. Need to revisit. And if you’ve seen 1995’s sequel, Farewell to the Flesh, you were privy to one of the most comical destructions of a house ever caught on film. Played by Tony Todd, Candyman was a son-of-slaves with a belly of bees who haunted Chicago’s Cabrini-Green projects with a bloody stub and hook. A twist on Bloody Mary, the widespread suburban legend, victims conjured Candyman by saying his name five times into a mirror. Shock reports that Sony is considering making Candyman a Caucasian, which would call for a new origin, eh? No writer or director is attached. Early stages.

Discuss: Which is scarier: the original Child’s Play or the original Candyman? Your thoughts on new theatrical films for these supernatural weirdos?