Candy Land to Sweeten Movie Theatres

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The classic board game Candy LandIf you haven't had the pleasure of playing Candy Land with your kids, I suggest you run right out, pick up a copy and sit down for a game tonight. Especially if your kids are teenagers. If they're little ones, however, here's some sweet news to share with them: Candy Land is coming to the big screen! Yes, your favorite sugary board game is going to become a live-action motion picture.

On tap to direct is Kevin Lima, who brought us Enchanted, Tarzan and 102 Dalmatians. The screenplay is to be written by Etan Cohen, who penned the scripts for Tropic Thunder and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He's also written episodes of Beavis and Butthead which is somehow both wildly inappropriate and totally reassuring.

I'm not sure how they're going to find a plot in "pick a card, move to the next square with the same color," but considering the intended audience of Candy Land, perhaps they don't really need a plot. Unfortunately, there are a lot of parents who are going to have to sit through this, so I do hope they come up with something at least mildly entertaining. There are tons of possibilities; why don't you share your ideas.

Of course, the bigger issue is that with all the wonderful children's literature out there just begging to be made into movies, why are they turning to Candy Land for inspiration? Personally, I'd rather see My Father's Dragon or From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In fact, those are movies I'd look forward to seeing. Candy Land? Not so much. Which kids' books would you rather see made into movies?

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