'Candy Land' Now Being Set Up at Columbia Pictures for Adam Sandler
by Ethan Anderton
January 31, 2012
Apparently Universal is done with the toy and board game business this week. Not only did the studio drop Stretch Armstrong with Relativity picking up the pieces, but now Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison productions has picked up Candy Land with the latter company's founder, actor Adam Sandler, also attached to star in the adaptation of the popular Hasbro board game. It sounds like this is turning into something akin to Sandler's family friendly venture Bedtime Stories, a movie that had his trademark comedy style but with a whimsical sort of fairytale quality, and that seems like what Candyland needs to be.
The only problem is that Sandler hasn't really been turning in the best work lately, and I don't know how excited I am for the project, if at all. However, with Enchanted director Kevin Lima attached to helm the feature and Sandler writing the screenplay with the great comedic mind Robert Smigel, I have hope. Columbia President Doug Belgrad tries to get audiences pumped by saying, "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." The scale will certainly be big and Columbia is already working on getting Risk off the ground so it sounds like board games movies are still alive and kicking even if Universal is throwing them out left and right. Hopefully this brings Sandler back to his former glory.