CANDY LAND writers envision the film as LORD OF THE RINGS set in a world of candy

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
May 24th, 2011

You always hear that term "scraping the bottom of the barrel," but in Hollywood where there seems to be no bottom to what they will use as fodder for film properties, what may that be? If you're asking me, I'd say it's what you'd find at the bottom of a toy box, underneath the fun stuff like G.I. Joes and Transformers and comic books. Yes, that's right. Board games.

With BATTLESHIP now in post-production at Universal and countless others like OUIJA and MONOPOLY in development at the studio, updates come our way via Entertainment Weekly on the state of their feature film adaptation of Hasbro's Candy Land (said to be the first game children ages 3 to 7 often play as it requires no reading skills. Just the ability to avoid that villainous Gloppy the Molasses Monster).

So, how just might they adapt a game that literally requires no comprehension skills whatsoever? By attempting to make it in the image of JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth epic, of course! Writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (KUNG-FU PANDA 2) "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,” Berger says. “We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.”

Real emotions, huh? The only real emotions I can see them getting out viewers from this film is if at the end someone makes a wrong move and they make us go all the way back to the beginning and watch it again.

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