It’s not just a game anymore.
Well, it is, but King’s immensely popular Candy Crush Saga is headed to CBS as a live-action reality TV show, which is about as real as it can get. Teams will compete to match three or more candies while working through obstacle courses, new technology and an interactive game board.
Lionsgate will develop Candy Crush for CBS with executive producer Matt Kunitz, creator of Wipeout.
“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,” Kunitz said in a press release. “As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.”
“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,” added CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller in a press release. “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.”
Lionsgate Chairman Kevin Beggs described this as an “incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” while King’s Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson agreed it would be a “high-energy, challenging game show.”
No release date or host has been announced for the show yet.