‘Candyland’ Movie Being Designed As ‘Lord of the Rings’ With Candy

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Board game films are often viewed as the epitome of Hollywood laziness, simply because the “source material” generally has little to no inherent narrative (see: Ouija) and the projects are brought to life solely because of the brand recognition factor. Hence the all but universal cynicism that greeted the news about a Candyland movie being made.

Two years ago, the film version of Candyland was set to be scripted by Etan Cohen (next year’s Men in Black 3) and directed by Kevin Lima (Enchanted). Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner described the project as being a “very human” tale at the time, suggesting it would be about people entering the colorful world of a magical board game (a la Jumanji and Zathura).

Jump ahead to the present and the Candyland movie is being penned by screenwriting duo Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the talents responsible for films like Kung Fu Panda and this week’s aptly-named sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2. Judging by the pair’s comments about their new project, this won’t be the relatively straightforward “people enter a board game world” adventure flick originally envisioned.

Here is what the duo (specifically, Berger) told EW about their Candyland script:

“We envision it as ‘Lord of the Rings’, but set in a world of candy… We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on. We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.”

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Just add lollipops and candy canes

The 1985 Clue movie is often cited as an example of how to properly adapt a board game for the film medium, thus transforming it into something that stands on its own – in Clue‘s case, an intentionally comical murder mystery. Peter Berg’s upcoming Battleship adaptation goes a step further by turning its inspiration (a naval combat game) into the basis for an alien invasion action flick – and Ridley Scott’s Monopoly likewise aims to turn the popular game into a satirical comedy about the modern real estate market.

It sounds as though that approach is akin to what Aibel and Berger have in mind with Candyland. Instead of going the “kids get sucked into a board game” route, the two are devising the film as a fantasy adventure that follows a group of people as they must journey through an enchanting but dangerous world in order to restore peace to the realm. The twist is that the inhabitants won’t be orcs, goblins, or wizards (a la Lord of the Rings) or even talking animals and traditional fantasy genre creatures (a la The Chronicles of Narnia) – rather, they’ll be fudge monsters and people with licorice for hair.

That doesn’t exactly read as the most original idea ever conceived, but at least Aibel and Berger appear to be taking a slightly more imaginative approach with Candyland. Whether or not this project really has the potential to become anything more than a punchline is another matter.

Source: EW

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  1. So Gramma Nut is like Galadriel, Queen Frostine is like Sauron, and Plumpy is…Gollum? You know, that actually sounds fantastic.

  2. I’d rather have Elves, Dwarves, Wizards and Hobbits…I see Gandalf standing in front of the White Chocolate Citadel in the pic from above..

  3. Wow that actually sounds pretty good lol. When it was first announced that they would make movies out of board games I was less than thrilled. But, it actually seems like they put some thought into it. Battleship and Candyland actually sounds appealing. I don’t know if I can say the same for Monopoly though.

    If they do these well enough maybe they can be as good as other board game based movies like Clue and Jumanji.

  4. Ironically, upon hearing there will be a Candyland movie, I’ve lost my appetite.

  5. I think they should make the movie revolve around Plumpy!

  6. If they do it right, it could be awesome. I miss the old fantasy flicks like Legend, The NeverEnding Story and Labyrinth. If they follow those templates it could turn out to be pretty sweet.

    • “If they follow those templates it could turn out to be pretty sweet.” —No pun intended?——-

      Yes!!! The fantasy classics of the 1980′s were and still are the GREATEST!!! What the hell happened to animatronics and puppetry?? This c.g.i crap is getting better, yes, but imagine where the real effects would be with today’s make-up and robotics technology!!!

      • lol. Thanks. No pun was intended. Unfortunately that seems to have all died with Henson. Shoot even Yoda was CG. Puppetry and miniatures are just not cost effective for the studios any more. Even with the CG getting better the stories are not the same as they used to be. The charm and magic shared by those old movies is gone.

  7. One gumdrop to rule them all. One gumdrop to find them. One gumdrop to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

    • In the Land of Candy where the Dark Chocolate lie.

  8. surprisingly enticed by this …

  9. We wants it…we needs it…we must haves the precious…gumdrop

  10. Sounds more “Alice in Wonderland” than “Lord of the Rings” to me.

  11. Candyland, thats where they hide their “stash” in that 70s show

  12. Rock’em Sock’em Robots is looking to translate beautifully to film; And from what I can see, it may be one of the best pictures of 2011!

    (I am of course referring to Real Steel)

  13. and I tell you now, I will not bow to this Gumdrop from the North.

  14. I foretell of another expensive megga flop for Sony in the making with the above synopsis. Mind you, I’ve never heard of the Candyman game before. Could’nt Sony do a movie version of Space Invaders, would have a more thrilling zing than this high eye candy fantacy stuff.