'Candy Land' screenwriters: 'We envision it as 'Lord of The Rings,' but set in a world of candy'


Admit it. You think the Candy Land movie is one of the worst ideas in Hollywood history. A movie based on the children’s board game that itself seems specifically designed to numb the adult mind with its winding rainbow path past the domains of the nefarious Duke of Swirl and Lord Licorice and into King Kandy’s scrumptious kingdom. But what if the Cupcake Commons were, say, the Shire, and the Chocolate Mountains were Mordor? Because that’s what the Candy Land writers have in mind. Jonathan Aibel, who co-wrote Kung Fu Panda 2 with Glenn Berger, told EW at yesterday’s Hollywood premiere that they have ambitious plans: “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy.”

The Lord of the Rings. In a world of candy.

(Hmmm, land of candy.)

“We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on,” Berger says. “We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.”

I assume Berger and Aibel have played Candy Land, but just in case, let’s refresh. The game is for children who can’t read or count, as the players move through the board by picking color-coded or confection-pictured cards. There’s no strategy — other then the parental strategy of keeping the kids quiet for 15 minutes so they can down another Tylenol. So I wonder if the screenwriting team is overshooting with its LOTR ambition. Are they risking alienating their core audience, i.e., kids with runny noses? Can’t they settle for the yucks of something like Yogi Bear?

What do you think about their LOTR link? Is this the way to get any board game turned into a movie: “We envision Twister as Ocean’s Eleven, but set in a secret world of rainbow dots.”

(Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  • mouse

    “We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.” Yeah… don’t know how well that’s going to work out in a world of candy.

  • Gwen

    Probably as bad an idea as say, a movie based on a Disney park theme ride, huh. I say, WTH, give it a chance.

  • Emily

    I can see it as a (bad) cartoon that my kids would never watch, but a live action…no…

  • Josh

    They’re taking a risk, and I honestly don’t expect it to turn out exceptionally well, even if they do make the best movie they possibly can of it. I mean, look at Lord of the Rings. Nobody wanted to make a movie of it (the one from the 70s doesn’t count) because they all thought they were unequal to the task. It’s the same thing with Candy Land, except it’s the source material that’s unequal to the task, not anybody working on the movie. Then again, Peter Jackson himself admitted he was waiting for someone else to make the Lord of the Rings movies he himself wound up making, and he did a stellar job. Maybe Candy Land turns out to be better than anticipated. Or not. We’ll have to see some work first. You know, stills and whatnot.

  • Craig S

    “One does not simply walk into the Candy Castle”

    • Stacie

      Laughed out loud. They’re taking the marshmallows to Candyland!

  • Zach

    I think the California Gurls video already covered this concept. And rather awesomely, I might add…

    • Apos

      My sentiments exactly.

    • Darth Vaders Mistress

      i say give it a chance. I personally love Candy land so this article is insulting. Its just fun. It may be a cool movie, just a popcorn flick. Thats really all I ever care about. They could hire Katy Perry as a production designer.

  • MK

    No strategy? It’s called stacking the deck so you get Queen Frostine and your dad gets Plumpy.

  • Kevin

    You’re kidding, right? A movie about a land of candy sounds fantastic. Weren’t you also someone who thought a movie about Facebook was the “worst idea for a movie ever”?

    • Red

      agreed. Because the springboard is a board-game many people seem offended, as if their intelligence is being questioned (you’re trying to get me to pay $10 to watch an adaptation of Mr. Bucket???) but a good storyteller could do wonders with the idea of a candy world and it’s good they are aiming high.

  • Mae

    replace orcs with giant gummy bears and i’d be kinda interested.

    • marymoon

      I was thinking gummy bears as more of an Ewok kind of character… different story, but come on, they are gummy

  • DFSF

    This’ll be way better than the Battleship movie.

  • wbk418

    Funny enough I’m currently painting a giant backdrop of Candy Land Castle for my son’s pre-K graduation ceremony. Because I’m focused on replicating alot of the colorful details I’ve realized how absolutely wacka-doo the imagery is on that board game! Its so trippy that I can understand the idea of wanting to make a movie out of this fantasy land. How the plot would be worked out is anyone’s guess.

  • K

    I don’t know that anyone thought Pirates would be what it is either. So if they’re going ambitious and crazy, that’s awesome. I’m in. As long as it’s not f-ing motion-capture.

  • Rutiger

    Sourman of Many Flavors: “You will taste gingerbread man flesh!”

  • aa

    Oh man this is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Best part? They’re serious

  • eb

    “Do you remember Candy Land, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the gumdrops will be sprouting. And the candy canes will be growing in the Peppermint Forest. And they’ll be sowing the summer molasses in the swamp… and eating the first of the gingerbread with frosting. Do you remember the taste of gingerbread?”

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