What’s next – Candy Crush Saga: The Series? Probably shouldn’t joke about that, actually – I might jinx it. But this one is equally ridiculous: ZeptoLab and Blockade Entertainment have announced that they are teaming up to develop an animated feature based on the Cut the Rope mobile app.
Titled Om Nom, the movie will hit theaters next year and focus on the little green monster who craves candy. The official synopsis sounds absolutely bat-shit:
Om Nom tells the story of 13-year old Evan, a boy whose impulsiveness leads him to open a secret package containing a living scientific experiment – with mischievous intentions! Known only as Om Nom, this adorable creature has an insatiable appetite for everything sugary. Now free to roam, Om Nom begins to wreak havoc upon this formerly quiet town, and Evan, with his little sister Jordan in tow, must follow him on an epic adventure while avoiding a host of government agents, shady characters and other unique creatures – all of whom are looking to capture Om Nom for themselves.
Along the way, Evan and Om Nom will discover the importance of trust and patience, and how life’s accidents can sometimes lead to incredible discoveries and unforgettable moments.
Considering that Cut the Rope literally just involves cutting string and utilizing gadgets to guide candy into Om Nom’s mouth, a story involving “government agents” and “scientific experiments” seems pretty bizarre, but given that the app made a lot of money, it only makes (depressing) sense that the people behind it would want to expand the franchise into Hollywood.
The craze of adapting apps into movies (an Angry Birds pic is on the way, and there are plans for film takes on Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s as well) is getting old really fast, especially given how far the takes are actually diverging from the point of the original games, but it will be up to general audiences to decide whether Om Nom: The Movie is a bridge too far.