Thursday, February 05, 2009

Universal Is Sweet On "Candy Land"...

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Universal Pictures has signed writer Etan "Tropic Thunder" Cohen to adapt and Kevin "Enchanted" Lima to direct a live-action feature based on the Hasbro board game "Candy Land", to be produced by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner. Christopher Chase will executive produce.

The original "Candy Land" game, first designed in the 1940's by Eleanor Abbott, then purchased by Milton Bradley Company (now owned by Hasbro), was published in 1949.

Hasbro continues to produce several versions of the brand, marketing "Candy Land" puzzles, PC game and handheld electronic version.

The game consists of a 'race', woven around a story line about finding the lost king of 'Candy Land'.
The board itself is a winding, linear track made of 134 spaces, most of which are red, green, blue, yellow, orange or violet.

The remaining few spaces are locations such as 'Candy Cane Forest' and 'Gum Drop Mountain', with characters including 'King Candy', 'Queen Frostine' and 'Gramma Nutt'...