Here’s a little bit of background before we get into today’s casting news: Pixels is a 2010 short film directed by French filmmaker Patrick Jean, which involves mega-sized versions of classic 1980s 8-bit video game characters destroying New York City. The short sparked a bidding war between the studios, and it ended up going to Sony and being developed as a starring vehicle for Adam Sandler at his Happy Madison Productions. Tim Herlihy wrote the first draft of the screenplay, but the studio commissioned Just Go With It writer Tim Dowling to rewrite it and give it a bigger, broader scope, said to be reminiscent of Ghostbusters. Check out the original short below:
It’s pretty easy to see how this could translate to an awesome feature-length film, and the concept behind the movie is that the government hires video game experts to step in and try to stop the attacks. I’m conflicted about this project because I love the original short, but I absolutely despise Just Go With It and pretty much everything Adam Sandler has been in over the past few years. (I mean, have you seen the trailer for Blended? Oof.) In a perfect world, Sandler and his team wouldn’t be anywhere near this, but hey – what are you gonna do?
Christopher Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) is directing and Sandler is confirmed to star, while Josh Gad (Frozen) and Kevin James are in negotiations to join him. But the reason I’m writing this article in the first place is that The Wrap is reporting that “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage is “nearing a deal” to play the fourth male lead. Damn it, Pixels! You know that Dinklage was one of the only things that could get me to watch this movie. Well played.
What do you think? Think Pixels has potential? Excited about seeing Dinklage as a video game expert battling 8-bit creatures in NYC?
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