×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sony, Sandler sweet on ‘Candy Land’

Hasbro game moves over from Universal

Hasbro is in final talks with Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison banner to develop “Candy Land,” a live-action movie based on the bestselling Hasbro boardgame with Sandler attached to topline. Kevin Lima (“Enchanted”) is attached to direct from a script that Sandler and Robert Smigel are in talks to write.

“Candy Land,” which was previously set up at Universal, will be produced by Hasbro prexy-CEO Brian Goldner (“Transformers”) and Bennett Schneir (“Battleship”), Hasbro’s senior VP and managing director of motion pictures, as well as Happy Madison Prods.

Columbia exec Sam Dickerman will oversee the project for the studio.

“Candy Land is more than just a game. It is a brand that children, parents and grandparents know and love,” said Columbia prexy Doug Belgrad. “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.”

Popular on Variety

“The creative talent onboard 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 bigscreen. We are looking forward to working with Sony/Columbia and Adam Sandler and his team at Happy Madison Prods. on this film.”

Candy Land was created in 1949. Game includes characters such as Princess Frostine, Lord Licorice, Mr. Mint and King Candy, as well as fantastical lands such as the Peppermint Forest, the Gum Drop Mountains and the Lollypop Woods.

More Film

  • Kirby Dick Amy Ziering

    'On The Record,' Russell Simmons #MeToo Doc, Charts Course to Sundance After Oprah Exit

    Update: A spokesperson for Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering says the filmmaking team will participate in print and broadcast interviews at the Sundance film festival. The accusers featured in the film are weighing press options at this time. Earlier, a spokesperson for the film “On The Record” confirmed to Variety that only photo calls would [...]

  • Ariel Winograd'TOD@S CAEN' film premiere, Los

    Viacom International Studios Signs First Look Deal with Ariel Winograd (EXCLUSIVE)

    MADRID  — Adding to a powerful and still growing talent roster, Viacom International Studios (VIS) has clinched a first-look deal with Argentine writer-director Ariel Winograd whose latest movie, “The Heist of the Century,” has just become one of the biggest Argentine openers in history. The multi-year pact takes in the development and production of not [...]

  • William Bogert Dead: 'Small Wonder' Actor

    William Bogert, Who Appeared in 'War Games,' 'Small Wonder,' Dies at 83

    TV, film and theater actor William Bogert, who appeared in a recurring role on 1980s sitcom “Small Wonder” and in films such as “War Games,” died Jan. 12 in New York. He was 83. On “Small Wonder,” which ran from 1985 to 1989, Bogert played Brandon Brindle, the Lawsons’ neighbor and Harriet’s father who became [...]

  • 1917 Movie

    Why '1917' Is the Last Film That Should Be Winning the Oscar (Column)

    There’s a feeling I always get at the end of a long Oscar night when the movie that won isn’t a terrible choice, but it’s the safe, blah, MOR predictable choice, the one that conforms to the dullest conventional wisdom about the kinds of movies Oscar voters prefer, because in the core of their being [...]

  • Civil Rights Drama 'Praying for Sheetrock'

    Civil Rights Drama 'Praying for Sheetrock' in the Works as Feature Film (EXCLUSIVE)

    Enderby Entertainment is developing a feature film based on Melissa Fay Greene’s civil rights drama “Praying for Sheetrock,” Variety has learned exclusively. The non-fiction book, published in 1991, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, Georgia Historical Society Bell Award and the ACLU National Civil [...]

  • Jared Harris arrives at the 26th

    No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel's 'Morbius'

    The first-ever trailer for Marvel and Sony’s next Spider-man spinoff “Morbius” left comic book fans reeling with theories. While the plight of the main character, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) – a scientist dying of a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire – seemed ripped right out of the comics, the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content