Adam Sandler to Visit "Candyland!" 

Three years ago, we told you about Universal's plans to turn Hasbro toys into big blockbusters. One of those films was the board game "Candyland," and it was supposed to be written by the "Tropic Thunder" scribe, Etan Cohen, and to be directed by Kevin Lima, the guy who gave us "Enchanted." (Check "Candy Land" Moves to the Big Screen! The "Enchanted" and "Tropic Thunder" Connection!)

Well, fast forward to three years later, and Universal has wisened up about their Hasbro dreams, dumped their plans, and now, Sony's Columbia Pictures is stepping in and they're bringing Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison shingle with them. They're in deep talks to take over this board game.

Lima is still attached to direct but Sandler and Robert Smigel are now in negotiations to write the screenplay.

Here's the deal, Universal is smart to stay away from this project. Sandler hasn't been funny in a while, although I love "Enchanted" and perhaps, Lima and Smigel can produce a miracle.

But really? A board game? "Candyland?" Will this suck?

Let's wait and see if the upcoming board game movie, "Battleship" from Universal and director Peter Berg will suck and sink on May 18 when it opens.

Here's the full press release via Deadline:

CULVER CITY, Calif., January 31, 2012 – Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison and Hasbro, Inc. are in final talks to develop Candy Land, a live action movie based on the bestselling Hasbro board game with Adam Sandler attached to star, it was jointly announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, Hannah Minghella, President of Production for Columbia Pictures, and Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO. Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct the project for the studio with Sandler and Robert Smigel are in talks to write the screenplay.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “Candy Land is more than just a game. 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.”

“The creative talent on board for this movie is amazing and we are excited to bring alive the world of Candy Land for kids and families everywhere,” Goldner added. “Sony/Columbia has been a wonderful creative partner as we develop another of our games, Risk, for the big screen. We are looking forward to working with Sony/Columbia and Adam Sandler and his team at Happy Madison Productions on this film.”

Candy Land is one of the most beloved and best known games of all time. Created in 1949, it has been played by generations of families. In the game, players go on a magical journey through fantastical lands made of candy, sweets, and ice cream: the Peppermint Forest, the Gum Drop Mountains, and the Lollypop Woods. Along the way, players encounter such iconic characters as Princess Frostine, Lord Licorice, Mr. Mint, and King Candy.

The project will be produced by Goldner (Transformers) and Hasbro’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Motion Pictures, Bennett Schneir (Battleship) along with Happy Madison Productions. At Columbia, development of Candy Land will be overseen by Sam Dickerman.

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