Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the screenwriters of Kung Fu Panda 2, are currently at work trying to fashion some kind of credible screenplay for a movie based on the Candyland board game. Instead of pitching this at the level of a Care Bears movie (as you might be forgiven for expecting), the plan is apparently to model the project on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.
Co-writer Glenn Berger spoke to Entertainment Weekly:
We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy. We don't see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on. We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.
Well, it is a movie based on a board game, and I don't know why they'd be in denial about that. Embrace it, fellas. Accept it.
Seems that both the Monopoly and Candyland movies (if they happen) will be playing the Jumanji–Zathura card* of having people from outside of the "game world" travelling into it. Curious detail, and one that highlights how many scriptwriters have read the basic needs of adapting a board game in the same way. Doesn't seem to be the case with Battleship, but I think that's alone in this, for now.
Seeing as Candyland is not really any fun to play after you're six or seven years old, I think Aibel and Berger might be shooting in completely the wrong direction here. I'd estimate that the count of people who'd actually want to see elements of Candyland and Lord of the Rings combined for the big screen wouldn't even break into triple figures. The Care Bears paradigm might have been the best idea all along.
*Can I use the "playing the card" figure of speech in this story? Probably shouldn't have. Looks twee.