The hugely-popular mobile game Candy Crush is to be turned into a one-hour TV live action game show.
The deal was revealed at the MIPCOM entertainment trade fair in Cannes, France.
In the mobile game Candy Crush Saga, players match colourful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2000 levels.
Candy Crush Saga
and its sister title,
Candy Crush Soda Saga
, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the US. On average, 18 billion game rounds are played every month around the world.
In the series, the game comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions.
US network CBS has ordered the game show series. It will partner with Lionsgate and King on the new format created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz. CBS Television Distribution will handle US distribution and Lionsgate the international side.
"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," Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, said.
"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."
"The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program," Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, said.
"We have a very entrepreneurial culture at Lionsgate, so we look for awesome worldwide IP like Candy Crush and work together across divisions to bring it to fans on every platform possible."