King Digital Entertainment, the developer of Candy Crush, probably never thought its popular game would be adapted as a dramatic "movie."
That's exactly what happened, however, on last night's episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Opening the segment with the recent news that King had been acquired by Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion, Colbert put forth the idea that the reason Activision Blizzard spent the whopping figure to acquire the studio (which, as he points out, is more than what Disney spent on Star Wars) was to ensure they'd have the rights to make a Candy Crush game in the future.
Colbert debuted an intense "clip" of the film, putting Liam Neeson (Taken, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) in the starring role of Mr. Toffee.
There are quite a few quips about in-game purchases and the time people spend playing. Neeson and Colbert fire numerous combo strategies at each other while Neeson l the game and numerous combo strategies that Neeson and Colbert fire at each other while Neeson lies dying on the ground, candy cane sticking out of his chest.
Although the four-minute sketch is quite obviously a joke, the concept of it stems from announcements made on Friday by Activision Blizzard.
The company announced during its annual convention, BlizzCon, that it would be opening its own film and television studio. The new division would be dedicated to adapting some of the company's more popular series, like Call of Duty, for the big screen.
"To stay true to the original Call of Duty, while you watch that movie there will be a 12-year-old sitting next to you telling you how much you suck," Colbert joked.
There's no timeline on when adaptations will start appearing on television and movie screens, but Blizzard's popular fantasy series, World of Warcraft, has already secured a film adaptation helmed by Legendary Pictures and is currently in its post-production phase.
Warcraft is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2016. Watch the trailer for the movie here.