Many horror fans sit around and dream up various scenarios. What would happen if Michael Myers met up with Chucky? Who would win in a fight between Leatherface and Pumpkinhead? Rarely do we get these questions answered, but in the early 2000s, we almost learned what an encounter between Candyman and Leprechaun would have looked like. But, unfortunately, Tony Todd wasn't interested in making it happen.
Indeed, around the time that Freddy vs Jason finally happened, the idea was pitched for Candyman vs Leprechaun. Bernard Rose, who directed the original Candyman, is the one who is credited with pitching the idea to the studio. Tony Todd plays the titular character in the Candyman franchise and, as such, was a key figure to get on board if such a movie were actually going to happen. To the chagrin of horror fans everywhere, it just wasn't the sort of thing he wanted to be involved in. Here's what Todd had to say about it in a recent interview.
"This was right around the time of Freddy vs. Jason and [Candyman vs Leprechaun] did come across my desk. I saw it and I said, 'I will never be involved in something like that.' I respect the character. Once a horror character becomes something of an icon [like Candyman], reluctantly or not, you have to treat that with respect that. I remember watching Abbott and Costello vs Frankenstein continuously as a kid and being amazed that my horror legends were making a comedy. So, I guess there are some ways to make something like that work, but I wasn't interested in doing that with Candyman."
At that time, given that Freddy and Jason were finally set to square off after years of talk, it's easy to see why other studios would look at what characters they had available to see what kind of crossover they could cook up. Freddy vs Jason always seemed to make sense. Leprechaun battling Candyman? It may not be difficult to see where Tony Todd is coming from on that one.
Candyman, from the very beginning, was a very serious and pretty hardcore horror franchise with deeper commentary hidden underneath its surface horrors. Leprechaun, meanwhile, has always aired more on the campy side. There's nothing wrong with either thing, to each their own, but they don't seem to mesh up terribly well. At least not on paper.
Both franchises have since moved on. Leprechaun Returns was released last year and rebooted the series with a new direction. Candyman, meanwhile, is in the middle of getting rebooted with Get Out director Jordan Peele producing. Tony Todd still doesn't know if he's going to be welcomed back for that movie, or if they're going to try and get another actor for the role. But, as long as Peele's take doesn't involve a Leprechaun, Todd is very interested in coming back. This news was first reported by Dread Central.