After years of development at Universal, Hasbro announced today that its efforts to make a feature adaptation of its board game Candy Land have moved to Columbia Pictures, with Adam Sandler attached to star and produce via his company Happy Madison.
Director Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is still set to helm the film, but Sandler and collaborator Robert Smigel are currently in talks to take on a fresh attempt at the screenplay. They would replace screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda 2); last year, Aibel told EW that the duo envisioned the film as “Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy.”
The news comes a day after Hasbro announced it was moving its adaptation of Stretch Armstrong from Universal to Relativity Media. That film does not have a star or filmmakers attached as of yet — Taylor Lautner, who had been attached to play the impossibly bendy action figure, has dropped out — but it is eyeing an April 11, 2014, release.