The upcoming Candyland movie, based on the board game of the same name, is just wrong. I mean, honestly?
And then when new broke recently that the writers were going to be doing it in the style of Lord of the Rings, I almost laughed to the point of crying, thinking how can they possibly do this?
But, the writers are Glenn Berger and Jonathan Aibel, who have shown their stuff with the two Kung-Fu Panda movies. So, if anyone could make it work, it’s them!
While on the publicity tour for Kung-Fu Panda 2, Berger let us in to what they’ve been thinking.
That’s precisely, I think, why we got the job on CANDY LAND. But that’s also why we were excited about getting the job on CANDY LAND. It’s something that, on the face of it, seems like a huge challenge: it’s a board game for kids, and there’s no strategy involved. But what it does have is the opportunity to set an action movie in a world made of candy. So when we meet with the director, Kevin Lima, and he says, “I want this to be LORD OF THE RINGS but with candy,” you could either laugh at that, or say, “If you could pull that off, that would be really cool. We’d love to be a part of that because we love LORD OF THE RINGS and we love candy.”
Jonathan Aibel added to that by saying:
Every movie is about the execution. I don’t think there’s a great movie where if you said the logline to it, someone wouldn’t say, “That sounds terrible!” If someone said, “There’s this archaeologist, and he tries to steal this relic from the Nazis,” you be like, “I don’t know, that sounds kind of lame.” Anything is going to be in how it’s done. And hopefully this will be done well. We’re certainly approaching it in the spirit of sincerity. We want to tell a great story, and it just happens to be based on CANDY LAND. Kevin and everyone at Hasbro aren’t just like, “Let’s just take this board game, and make a movie to sell more board games.” It isn’t that at all.
I am still unsure about the movie, but I do know one thing. IF they can make it work, it could actually be pretty damn good … or an awful melted mess.