PIXELS Release Date Pushed to July 24, 2015

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Earlier today, Sony Pictures moved up the release date for its Brad Pitt-fronted WWII drama Fury, but now the studio’s Pixels release date is being pushed back.  Originally scheduled for May 15, 2015, director Chris Columbus’ action-adventure pic will now open on July 24, 2015.  The film stars Adam Sandler and revolves around a group of 80s arcade game champions who are called upon to help defend earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war.  The cast includes Josh Gad, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and a mullet-sporting Peter Dinklage, and while we haven’t seen any footage just yet, it actually sounds like one of the most promising Adam Sandler movies in some time.  Hit the jump for more on the film and its new release date.

No reason is given for the Pixels release date shift, but the move takes the film away from the highly competitive atmosphere of May, which includes Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, and Spy in addition to the box office monstrosity that will be Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.  On its new release date weekend, Pixels will now square off directly against the Poltergeist remake and director Judd Apatow’s comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer.  It also opens the weekend after Marvel’s Ant-Man and Warner Bros.’ big Peter Pan redo, but it appears to be one of the few all-ages films dated for July besides Minions.

Of course Pixels is still filming, so it’s possible that Sony realized the effects wouldn’t be in the right shape by May.  This gives the production two more months of post on what will surely be an effects-heavy feature.  Thus far, we know for certain that Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, and Q*bert will all be making appearances in the pic.

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  • Manuel Orozco

    Maybe once a trailer I’ll decide weither or not I want to see it. I’m a much bigger fan of James than Sandler

    • Gerry Rock

      same here, and maybe I’ll watch Poltergeist rather than this

      • Manuel Orozco

        Suit yourself

  • NormandyTrooper

    “The film stars Adam Sandler…”
    I think yoiu’ve just said enough.

    • Pernell Whitaker

      Damn right, it should be a good laugh and make a lot of money then.

      • mattinacan

        you laugh at adam sandler? interesting

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Interesting, is it..? Well he is a funny guy. Hit and miss, but still very funny when he tries. I also laugh at Stewart Lee, Dave Chapelle, Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell, Doug Stanhope, Micky Flanagan, Richard Pryor, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, King of Queens, David Spade, Johnny Drama to name a few of the top of my head… What do you laugh at then mattinacan?

      • mattinacan

        not adam sandler

      • Pernell Whitaker

        You don’t find Happy Gilmore funny? Interesting

    • the king of comedy

      The problem with Adam Sandler is not thats he`s not funny or talented, he has some good movies such as Happy Gilmore, Punch Drunk Love and The Wedding Singer, but he`s been making really awful movies lately, it seemed like he didn`t even try anymore and was just looking for some projects to cash a check, Chris Columbus is a more talented filmaker than the one`s he`s been working with lately, and a supporting cast that includes Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage is intriguing, I think I`ll give this one a chance.

      • NormandyTrooper

        It’s kind of funny that people automatically assumed I was being negative with that comment which is fair because I was. I thought the flick he made where he inherited all his uncle’s money was all right but that’s as far as I’ll go. At least it’s not Mike Meyers, my god please, no more of that grinning jackanape.

  • vividsoup

    Interesting idea. I think Ernest Cline’s upcoming book “Armada” has a similar setup.

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