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Adam Sandler set to star in a movie version of 'Candy Land'

You read that right. Hasbro is teaming up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions to turn Candy Land, the simplest board game there is, into a movie. Kevin Lima, who is best known for Enchanted, will direct and the screenplay will be co-written by Sandler and Robert Smigel, who wrote the Happy Madison classic You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. And by classic, we mean a film that somehow still made a ton of money despite being complete crap. Smigel is also a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live and Conan O’Brien. Sandler will star in the movie. 

“Candy Land is more than just a game,” said Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, who is also involved. “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.”

Adam Sandler is definitely a brand of his own. Despite his movies continuing to get worse and worse, they each rake in millions upon millions of dollars. I can’t imagine Happy Madison creating anything but a fart-joke-filled and completely inaccurate version of Candy Land filled with Sandler-style gimmicks like fat kids eating too much candy and then getting yelled at as Sandler and his rag tag crew make their way through Candy Land. Or it will be like Bedtime Stories, if you remember that one. There is no way that Hasbro is licensing this thinking it will stay true to the spirit of the board game. That’s just impossible, right? The only thing I can gather is that Hasbro wants the money and Sandler is a sure fire bet to make some cash. Nobody has any better ideas on how to turn this into a movie. 

Hasbro is also working on a movie version of Risk, which could be a lot better, and will release Battleship later this year. Battleship basically turns the board game into a naval alien attack film, which resembles Transformers. A movie version of Stretch Armstrong is also in the works. 

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