Sony Pictures’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the short film Pixels is finally moving towards a production start. The studio teamed up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to adapt Patrick Jean’s short film of the same name three years ago, but movement on the video game-themed project has been slow. Now, after setting family friendly filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 and 2) to direct last year, Josh Gad and Kevin James are in line to possibly lead the pic as champion arcade gamers who are needed to help defeat alien attacks who have an affinity for 80s arcade games. Hit the jump for more, including the original short.
[Update: The Wrap adds that Sandler will also be leading the cast of Pixels with Jennifer Aniston in the mix for the female lead, though scheduling may ultimately prevent her from signing on.]
Though it was recently bumped from its planned May 2013 release date and likely won’t make a 2014 date either, Pixels is getting a boost with director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone) in early talks. Produced by Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, the Columbia picture is based on the 2010 animated short by Patrick Jean, which featured 80s video game characters attacking New York City. The feature-film is expected to be an action-comedy in the vein of Ghostbusters and will follow the same premise as the short. Hit the jump to watch the animated short film.
Let’s all do the release date shuffle, courtesy of Sony!
- RoboCop, the Jose Padilha-directed remake starring Joel Kinnaman, has been bumped from its August 9th, 2013 spot to February 7th, 2014.
- Taking over the former RoboCop spot will be Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, starring Matt Damon. The picture moves from March 1st, 2013 to August 9th, 2013. (Fun fact: Blomkamp’s District 9 was released that same week in 2009.)
- Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will move up from its previous spot of February 7th, 2014 to September 27th, 2013. The animated feature will land on roughly the same weekend as this year’s hit, Hotel Transylvania.
- Pixels, the Happy Madison production based on an 8-bit French short, is listed as “in development” and won’t make a 2014 release, though it was previously pegged for May 17, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each of these pictures.
We’ve got some new release dates to share with you today:
- The Red Dawn remake will finally open on November 2nd, 2012.
- The feature film version of Pixels, based on the short, is slated for May 17th, 2013.
- Roland Emmerich‘s sci-fi pic Singularity has been pushed back to November 1st, 2013.
Hit the jump for more info on the films, and to watch the short film version of Pixels.
Screenwriter Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories) has been hired to write a feature length adaptation of Pixels for Columbia and Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison. Sandler has starred in all eight feature films credited to Herlihy — Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, and Bedtime Stories. Their ninth collaboration, Just Go With It, co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker.
Pixels is based on the popular short film which became an internet sensation earlier this year. The fantastic and imaginative short film — directed by Patrick Jean — featured classic video game characters such as Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Pac-Man as they decide to destroy New York City by turning everything they touch into 3D pixels. You can hit the jump to check out the original short film.
As most of you know, when we come across cool short films, we like to post them. In the past we showed you Pixels, and director Carl Erik Rinsch’s The Gift. Today we’ve got one for all you Super Mario Bros. fans. Trust me, if you ever played Mario on the Nintendo NES, you’ll like this.
A little over a month ago we posted an awesome short film by Patrick Jean called Pixels. In the film, 8-bit favorites Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and others decide to destroy New York City by turning everything they touch into 3D pixels. It’s one of the most original short films I’ve seen in a long time.
After the film was released, it spread everywhere. I saw tons of Facebook and Tweets about the short and it would make sense that Hollywood might notice. And according to Deadline, they have, as Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison are in early talks to develop a movie based on Pixels and they want to make it in 3D. More after the jump:
Mark my words: the best video game movie is going to be one that comes from a retro property. Trying to make movies out of games that are trying to be movies will most likely never work because all you’re doing is taking the interactivity out of a video game. But because 8-bit video games are silly and didn’t really try to tell a story, there’s so much room for imagination.
You can see that imagination on display with a short film by Patrick Jean called Pixels. In the film, 8-bit favorites Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and others decide to destroy New York City by turning everything they touch into 3D pixels. When I saw the Space Invaders, I couldn’t help but think of the Futurama episode where Fry wonders what the world would be like if life were more like a video game.
Hit the jump to check out two versions of the films. One has music and the other doesn’t. I like the one without music because you can hear the great sound effects and with music the flick come off like an advertisement. [via Edgar Wright]