Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Yes, Universal Pictures is moving forward with their big screen adaptation of the Milton Bradley board game Candy Land. You remember the game right? I think everyone must have owned or played it as a kid, or at least the people of the 70′s-80′s generation. And it would be easy to poo-poo the idea of a big screen movie entirely. I could write a blog post about how Hollywood has run out of ideas in my sleep. Problem is, Universal actually hired some talented people to develop this project. It’s kinda like how Ridley Scott is attached to direct a Monopoly movie. You want to slam the idea entirely, but the people involved make you take a step back.
According to Variety, Enchanted director Kevin Lima is attached to direct Candy Land, based on a screenplay by Etan Cohen. Talk about a weird bunch of guys to hire to adapt a movie based on a board game.
And before you give me an earful, let me first give you a disclaimer: I’m not saying this movie is going to be good, I’m just saying I’m strangely interested due to the talent involved. I mean, the guy who was a writer on Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill is involved. He wrote both Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy. And Enchanted was the type of movie I should of hated but ended up falling in love with. It’s just… weird.
Discuss: Could a Candy Lanbd Movie have any chance of being fun/good?