Is Stephen Colbert a fan of videogames?
It’s certainly starting to seem that way Tuesday night on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” when the host participated in what is just the latest example of a sketch lampooning the gaming world.
This time around, ogether with Liam Neeson, Colbert gave his interpretation of what a “Candy Crush” movie would be like. Colbert said he believed the reason that Activision Blizzard acquired Candy Crush creator King Digital for $5.9 billion last week was to make such a movie.
In the clip, Neeson plays Mr. Toffee, who is suffering from a candy cane wound to the gut. Colbert plays his son looking for help.
“My game is over,” Neeson says. “As our people say, ‘I’m out of moves.'”
This is just another in a long line of video game skits and segments for Colbert to feature on “The Late Show.” The CBS show has also featured a “Legend of Zelda” concert, interviews with YouTube star PewDiePie and Hello Games developer Sean Murray, and a “Halo 5: Guardians” commercial starring New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Maybe Colbert’s writing staff just like videogames, or maybe there’s an ulterior motive at play: What better way for a program that is succeeding by attracting a younger audience than predecessor David Letterman to keep its median age down by having fun with the kind of games that resonate with a young, male demographic.
As ridiculous as a “Candy Crush” movie sounds, especially the war-ridden one featured in the “Colbert” clip, it may not be out of the realm of possibility. Last week Activision Blizzard announced they were stepping into the movie and TV arena, revealing Activision Blizzard Studios was already working on a “Call of Duty” movie and a “Skylanders” animated TV show. After shelling out as much as they did for the “Candy Crush” name, is it out of the realm of possibility that the popular mobile game could be a future project for the new studio?