Original Candyman director and co-scribe Bernard Rose recently appeared on The Movie Crypt podcast where he discussed the lauded franchise in detail. The first film, based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, is a 1990’s horror classic.
One of Rose’s most jaw-dropping revelations was that Candyman was nearly pitted against a very unlikely nemesis. After the success of Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, Lionsgate seriously considered producing Candyman vs. Leprechaun, as they owned the rights to both franchises. Thankfully, Tony Todd (who plays Candyman in all three films) flat-out rejected the idea.
Rose also discussed proposed Candyman sequels that never came to pass, including one set in a secluded all-girls school. Another idea was to feature the Candyman character in an adaptation of Clive Barker’s Midnight Meat Train (replacing the Mahogany character). Eventually, Midnight Meat Train became its own film (released in 2008) as a faithful adaptation. In more recent years, the idea of a Candyman remake/reboot has been bandied about, but there’s no indication that anything is currently in the works—which might actually be a good thing!
In the original Candyman:
Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.