Following yesterday's decision to take their Stretch Armstrong property in a new, Taylor Lautner-less direction, Hasbro today announced they're also taking their long-in-development Candy Land adaptation down a new multi-colored path--one that in the past has lead to woeful destinations like Bedtime Stories and Jack & Jill. Yes, Candy Land is now an Adam Sandler Movie.
With Universal recently losing interest in all the boring old toys it bought from Hasbro (all but Battleship, which they still think is way awesome), Sony/Columbia has strolled over, dusted off Universal's old battered but un-played Candy Land, and decided to get a game going with Adam Sandler.
While still at Universal, Candy Land was being developed as some kind of confectionary Tolkien, with writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda 2) describing their adaptation as "Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy." Now Aibel and Berger are off the project, replaced by the starring Sandler and You Don't Mess with the Zohan writer and otherwise funny guy Robert Smigel. Presumably, they will abandon the epic take and craft something more suited to Sandler's sensibilities, something involving a successful but lazily-dressed husband and father to wife and children that do not look like they should be with him. After all, while Sandler is always eager to participate in anything intended for the stupidest juveniles, he'll only play if he gets to pick which guy he gets to be.
Enchanted director Kevin Lima remains attached to direct, and, despite the busy schedule of ¡Rob!, we might as well already count on seeing Rob Schneider's legs decorated in candy cane stripes.