“Candy Crush Saga” is coming to television; “Wipeout” creator Matt Kunitz, is developing the ubiquitous mobile and online game into a reality/game show for CBS.
Jointly produced by Lionsgate Entertainment and King, the company behind the popular mobile property, “Candy Crush Saga” will feature a larger-than-life take on the game, which requires players to match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to defeat obstacles and advance through more than 2,000 levels. According to a report on Deadline, teams of two will compete on enormous interactive game boards using not only their wits but also their physical agility to complete the rapidly moving puzzles.
“We are huge fans of ‘Candy Crush’ and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game,” said CBS Entertainment President, Glenn Geller. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
Show runner Kunitz is especially excited about his latest project. “The ‘Candy Crush’ franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it,” he said. “As a ‘Candy Crush Saga’ player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.”
With over 18 billion rounds played monthly around the world, “Candy Crush Saga” and its sister title, “Candy Crush Soda Saga,” are perennial favorites with online and mobile gamers, and two of the top ten grossing mobile games.
The “Candy Crush Saga” television series will be distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and internationally by Lionsgate. A release date is pending.
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