Stephen Colbert of CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" staged a skit with "Taken" series star Liam Neeson showing what "Candy Crush" live-action film adaptation would look like.
The skit was made as part of the late night show's jab at major game publisher Activision Blizzard's plan to turn some of its successful titles into movies.
In the skit, Neeson played a dying Mr. Toffe who's been stabbed with a candy cane. His son, played by Colbert, rushes to father's side to be with his father during his last moments. The two stars filled the skit with dramatic dialogue containing puns from the game.
Neeson's character also confessed to his son that the reason why he was not able to become a good father to him was because of the walls of candy separating them. In the end, Mr. Toffe died but before he was able to finish his last sentence, a notification popped up suggesting that Colbert needs to buy an extra life to hear his father's final words.
The skit, of course, is a parody of what will happen if Activision Blizzard made a film about "Candy Crush." This became a buzzing subject shortly after the company launched a studio focused on creating film and television projects based on its games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the company, opening the studio is Activision Blzzard's way of ensuring that films that will be made based on its games will be done properly and with high quality.
Given Activision Blizzard's long list of IPs, which includes the "Call of Duty," "StarCraft" and the "Diablo" franchises, the company will not have a hard time choosing which game will be made into a movie. But aside from these games, Activision Blizzard also recently became the owner of "Candy Crush" after acquiring developer King in a $5.9 billion deal, Reuters reported.
Although some market analysts criticized Activision Blizzard's decision due to the instability of the mobile gaming industry, others believed that acquisition was a good deal.
"People who think the $5.9 billion valuation is too high are wrong," Peter Warman, CEO of global market research firm Newzoo said according to Gamasutra. "With game publishers becoming true cross-screen and transmedia companies, this is a huge move that will give Activision Blizzard a unique reach across all screens on a global scale."
"Having King's experience in running and monetizing mobile games as a service will be a priceless asset to a company that is still on the learning curve when it comes to mobile," he added.
Check out the clip of Colbert and Neeson's "Candy Crush" movie skit below.