Just when we thought the wave of board game movies announced a few years ago would mostly retract back into the Ocean of Bad Ideas, Hasbro has announced (via Deadline) a partnership with Columbia Pictures to resurrect the Candy Land movie as an Adam Sandler family film directed by Enchanted‘s Kevin Lima. More after the jump.
Though the movie was once envisioned as “Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy,” the original screenwriters have moved on from the project. Now, the approach has drastically changed. Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, described the new take:
Candy Land is more than just a game. It is a brand that children, parents and grandparents know and love. The world of Candy Land offers an extraordinary canvas upon which to create a fantastical, live-action family adventure film with a larger than life part for Adam.
It’s clear that this movie is going to be aimed at a younger generation, but the thought of board game movies still makes me shudder. Sandler and Robert Smigel are set to write the new version of the script, but there’s no word on the start of production yet.
We’ve got Battleship due in theaters in May of this year, and the success or failure of that film not only has huge implications for Universal (who has reportedly put over $200 million into the project), but also for the future of other board game films in Hollywood. Ridley Scott was once attached to direct a Monopoly movie, and a Ouija film is currently being re-written by Fright Night screenwriter Marti Noxon but has no studio home as of yet. In the Candy Land announcement, Hasbro chief Brian Goldner mentions that a film based on the popular board game Risk is still in development, but no talent has been attached at this point. Thankfully, there has been no update on the View-Master movie since its initial announcement.