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Adam Sandler has been cast in the Chris Columbus directed film Pixels, and Josh Gad (Frozen) and Kevin James (Grown Ups) are also in talks to join the production. Jennifer Aniston is also wanted for the female lead, but scheduling conflicts may keep her from doing it.
Pixels was a short film that blew up online back in 2010 and Sony quickly snatched up the rights to it, so they could develop it into a feature film. The short depicted several classic 1980s video game characters attacking New York City.
It was previously reported that the studio was looking to turn the movie into a "Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world." There's no word on who the actors will be playing in the story, but it's sure to be a fun flick!
The director of the short, Patrick Jean, »
- Joey Paur
Kevin James is about to get his game on in the upcoming "Pixels." The comedy star is in talks to appear opposite "Frozen" co-star Josh Gad in the Sony comedy from director Chris Columbus ("Home Alone," the first two "Harry Potter" films), according to Deadline. "Pixels" finds Earth under attack by videogame-obsessed aliens, who stage giant-sized re-enactments of ’80s games. In a twist that recalls an episode of "Futurama," it's up to four human gamers to save the world. It's based on a 2010 French animated short film written and directed by Patrick Jean, which featured iconography from such arcade classics as "Space Invaders," "Pac-Man," "Donkey Kong," and more. Frequent James collaborator Adam Sandler will produce along with his Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling wrote the script. "Pixels" is expected to begin shooting sometime this summer. "Book of Mormon" vet Gad was recently provided the voice »
- HitFix Staff
Josh Gad and Kevin James are in early talks to join Adam Sandler in Sony's Pixels, which Chris Columbus is set to direct. Pixels was one of the Internet shorts that garnered Hollywood buzz in 2010 (the same year that The Gift and Panic Attack! made the rounds) and depicted 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling worked on the script. Patrick Jean, who made the short, is executive producing, while Happy Madison’s Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing with One More Production's Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves and Mathias Boucard. The talks with the
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Sony has found its leads for Pixels, the Chris Columbus-directed film. Kevin James and Josh Gad are in early talks to star in the film. Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison is producing. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling wrote the script, based on short by Patrick Jean. Production will begin this summer. The logline: When aliens attack by staging versions of ’80s video games on an epic scale, four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in Pixels, which has been in development at Sony since 2010. The project is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film which you can check out below, where New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. No details were given for Kevin James and Josh Gad's characters, although they are said to have lead roles.
Chris Columbus is directing from a script by Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups, Big Daddy) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War). Adam Sandler is producing with his Happy Madison producing partner Jack Giarraputo. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
5 items from 2014
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