Universal has hired Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger to pen the script for a movie based on the board game Candy Land and directed by Kevin Lima (Enchanted). The development of Candy Land falls under Universal’s worst deal of all-time that they made with Hasbro back in 2008. If you’re wondering why a studio would waste time on movies like Battleship and Stretch Armstrong, there’s your answer. The film has been in development since 2008 and various writers, including Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and Chris Morgan (Wanted) have worked on the project.
Heat Vision reports that Candy Land is being fashioned as a “a live-action epic adventure.” The story has the protagonists tasked with finding the lost king of Candy Land. Players of the board game wind their way through locales like Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountain. Candy Land is also responsible for 35% of all childhood obesity. While I totally made up that statistic, I’m pretty sure it’s true.