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Columbia Scoops up Hasbro Film

Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison and Hasbro are in final talks to develop Candy Land, a live action movie based on the Hasbro board game. Adam Sandler is attached to star. The news follows the dissolution of the 2008 deal between Hasbro and Universal that

The news follows the dissolution of the 2008 deal between Hasbro and Universal that produced one feature film, Battleship, which will hit theaters May 18. Additionally the Stretch Armstrong project, included in the Hasbro/Universal deal, has been picked up by Relativity Media.

"The creative talent on board for this movie is amazing and we are excited to bring alive the world of Candy Land for kids and families everywhere,” says Brian Goldner, president and chief executive officer, Hasbro. "Sony/Columbia has been a wonderful creative partner as we develop another of our games, Risk, for the big screen. We are looking forward to working with Sony/Columbia and Adam Sandler and his team at Happy Madison Productions on this film."

"Candy Land is more than just a game. It is a brand that children, parents and grandparents know and love," says Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. "The world of Candy Land offers an extraordinary canvas upon which to create a fantastical, live-action family adventure film with a larger than life part for Adam. We are thrilled to partner with Hasbro and Happy Madison on this project."

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