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Adam Sandler Joins The Candyland Movie: (cocks gun, points at temple)

By TK | Trade News | February 1, 2012 | Comments ()


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Well, that's that then. I think that between this, and yesterday's "The Client List" TV series post, I've pretty much lost whatever will I had to live -- at least in a theatrical sense. Because this is happening, folks. You know how they say, "one man's trash is another man's treasure?" Well, in this case, Universal made a rare wise decision and dumped its plan to make a Candyland movie. But Columbia Pictures has apparently decided to make a stinky turd even stinkier, and not only did they snap up the rights (along with Happy Madison Studios), but they grabbed Sandler to star.

(slumps shoulders)

I don't really have anything else to say about this, so I'll let the brutally painful, soulless press release I had the misfortune of receiving tell the rest of the tale. It really tells you all need to know, believe me. If you need me, I'll be drinking Drano laced with thumbtacks, then putting a bullet in my brain. Don't let my wife name the kid anything stupid.

SWEET! ADAM SANDLER AND HAPPY MADISON TO PLAY "CANDY LAND"

Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison and Hasbro Team Up to Bring the Classic Game to the Big Screen

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."


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