We're beginning to see some of those projects Universal dumped pop up at other studios. Yesterday brought word of Stretch Armstrong going to Relativity, and now today it's Candy Land, which Hasbro has now managed to move to Columbia Pictures, where they've teamed with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to bring the classic board game to the big screen. Sandler will produce and is attached to star in the film, with Kevin Lima (Enchanted) attached to direct. Sandler and Robert Smigel will write the screenplay.
No word yet on which direction they'll take Candy Land, but if Lima is any indication as to the direction they're leaning, we envision some sort of fish-out-of-water adventure, most likely involving Sandler visiting the mysterious Candy Land. If that's the case, the film could feature places like the Peppermint Forest and Gum Drop Mountains, and characters like Princess Frostine, Lord Licorice, Mr. Mint and King Candy.
Columbia's chief Doug Belgrad added, "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. We are thrilled to partner with Hasbro and Happy Madison on this project."
No release date as of yet. What do you think? Adam Sandler in Candy Land? Does this thing have any kind of shot at being good?