Okay, I have never, ever gotten the appeal of movies based on video games, though a serious gamer I ran into at a shoot once made a pretty solid argument that watching a good videogame-based movie was like watching a world-class player in action.
But no one will ever convince me that anything good comes of making movies based on board games. Especially a wuss-o-rama game like Candyland. And yet according to Variety, Kevin Lima — who directed the pitch-perfect Enchanted (2007) — is supposed to direct a live-action Candyland from a screenplay by Etan Cohen, who wrote Madagascar 2 and co-wrote Tropic Thunder (both 2008). I mean, seriously: Candyland is the race-around-the-board reduced to its lowest common denominator: You draw colored cards and advance to the next square of that color. No reading. No numbers. No strategy… oh, and no story. So how exactly is this going to make a movie?
I can only think of three previous board-game movies:
Mystery Date (1991): Actually, not based on the game at all — this movie just swiped the title of the 1960s game in which you got ready for a date, but didn't know who your date would turn out to be until you opened a plastic door with a picture behind it. The object of the game was not to be dressed for the prom and draw the guy with the skis. The movie's plot: Shy boy goes on date that spirals woildly out of control.
Dungeons & Dragons (2000): This hardly counts either, since the essence of D&D is role-playing, but there is a board version that was designed a s a kind of beginner's introduction. That said, the movie is just a faux-medieval fantasy adventure; its only real distinction is that gamers hated it as much as non-gamers. Which brings us to…
Clue (1985): The venerable mystery game — you know, who killed Colonel Miustard in the drawing room with the candlestickl? — was transformed into a camp comedy, but the movie did at least maintain a solid connection to the source. Much reviled despite a stellar comic cast that included Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn.
So there you have it, and I can't say it bodes well for Candyland.
What's your take, and did I miss any other board-game movies?