Stephen Colbert and Liam Neeson star in Candy Crush movie parody

Stephen Colbert imagines what we can only hope is Activision's next project, a movie based on the popular Candy Crush game.

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Are you ready to get Candy Crushed with Liam Neeson?

On Tuesday's episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Colbert aired fake unreleased footage from a Candy Crush movie starring Neeson as Mr. Toffee. In the clip, we see Neeson with a candy cane fatally lodged in his body as he shares one final moment with his son, played by Colbert.

"It's too late [to fetch the doctor]," Mr. Toffee says. "My game is over. As young people say, 'I'm out of moves.'" Then he gives his son his trusty lollipop hammer, and sends him off to defeat the Bubblegum Troll before he reaches Butterscotch Boulders.

After it debuted on Facebook in April 2012, Candy Crush quickly rose in the social-gaming ranks, helped by a mobile launch in November of that year on Apple's iOS, and a month later, on Google's Android. A year after its release, it had surpassed FarmVille 2, the flagship game from King rival Zygna, on Facebook and would go on to be the most downloaded iOS app of 2013.

While the idea of a Candy Crush movie might seem a bit far-fetched, some recent news makes the idea more plausible. On November 2, Gaming company Activision Blizzard announced plans to purchase King Digital Entertainment, the company that makes Candy Crush, for $5.9 billion. Just four days later, Activision said it's creating an in-house movie and TV studio to build content based on its video games.

Coincidence? Probably. After all, the company's initial plans include a TV series based on the Skylanders video game series and several movies based on the Call of Duty series. It's not that much of a stretch to imagine Activision wanting to cash in on the popularity of Candy Crush, and Colbert did put together a pretty convincing scene from a potential movie.

Still, it's a bit hard to imagine Candy Crush on the big screen. It's much easier to picture Candy Crush as an animated series for kids, as it perfectly brings together two things children love -- cartoons and sugar.

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