Feb. 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM ET
Remember when we thought it was weird that they were turning the game "Battleship" into a movie? And that Taylor Lautner was going to play cornsyrup-filled doll "Stretch Armstrong" in a movie? (Lautner has since dropped out but a new studio grabbed on to "Stretch.") And we all made jokes about how we couldn't wait for "Hungry Hungry Hippos" the movie, or how the problem with the "Monopoly" movie was that it would just go on and on and never end?
Hollywood isn't laughing, folks. They're now making a "Candy Land" movie.
You remember "Candy Land" the board game. Everyone played it when they were too young to read. Stroll past the Peppermint Forest and the Ice Cream Sea, but don't get stuck in Molasses Swamp on your way to the Candy Castle!
We all loved it as a game, but really, a movie? Really?
Deadline.com reports that Adam Sandler will star, and his Happy Madison production company will make the film. The one saving grace: one of the writers is Robert Smigel, the genius behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the TV Funhouse "SNL" shorts (and much-missed TV series).
The "Candy Land" movie idea's been tossing around for a while, but Sandler's attachment to the film is new. In 2011, Entertainment Weekly got this super-sweet quote from one of the film's writers: "We envision it as 'Lord of the Rings,' but set in a world of candy." (One candy Ring Pop to rule them all!)
Don't assume for a minute that it will be as ingenius as the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" skit where Pearl has to play Candy Land with a bunch of bored kids and gets the Bots to make up TV shows to distract them, but if only.
It doesn't stop there. The Deadline.com article mentions that Hasbro is also working with Sony/Columbia Pictures to turn another board game, "Risk," into a movie.
They're taking our childhoods and selling them back to us, folks. And we're buying.
Would you see Adam Sandler in "Candy Land"? And what do you think about the toys-to-films trend? What toy or game is next? Tell us on Facebook.