Universal Making Candy Land Movie with Enchanted Director
by Alex Billington
February 5, 2009
Candy Land?! Yes, Candy Land! You know, that frickin' board game? Believe it or not, it looks like Universal is going to get a Candy Land feature film made before Ridley Scott makes his Monopoly movie. Universal has hired Tropic Thunder and Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Etan Cohen to write the screenplay and Enchanted director Kevin Lima to direct. Of all the people they could've chosen, Lima is one of two that I actually would've agree'd to and said, "okay, now I see how this could maybe happen." Of course it's going to be cheesy as hell and totally surreal and ridiculous, but we're still going to have a Candy Land movie!
Universal made a deal with Hasbro last February for screen rights to numerous Milton Bradley and other Hasbro franchises. No word on what the actual concept will be, but in the game (I can't believe I'm writing this), players race around a board full of colored squares in order to reach the Candy Castle and King of Kandy. I have a feeling that this isn't going to be adapted like Jumanji or Zathura, but rather like Enchanted where the world, including places like Licorice Castle and Molasses Swamp, comes to life in a trippy adventure of sorts. Does this really need to be made? Well, it could end up being a lot of fun, right?