Though the team behind 2015’s Pixels has remained relatively mum on how the movie will bring to life arcade classic characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, a set of new posters hints at the retro destruction in store.
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In the high-concept sci-fi action comedy Pixels, aliens misinterpret satellite feeds of classic arcade video games such as Space Invaders and Centipede as a declaration of war and launch an attack on earth using the same eight-bit characters and strategies.
In the Chris Columbus-directed film, the U.S. president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friends to help save the country. Back in 1982, his three buddies were arcade prodigies, but cut to the present day: “They’re really three losers,” laughs Columbus. They’ve ended up a TV mechanic (Adam Sandler), a felon (Peter Dinklage), and a conspiracy theorist (Frozen‘s Josh Gad). But, they’re still the best guys for the job, and after teaming up with a more up-to-date weapons expert (True Detective‘s Michelle Monaghan), they have no choice but to be ready for battle.
Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison are looking to hire Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) to direct Pixels, the feature version of a short that garnered buzz upon its release in 2010. Columbus will soon begin formal negotiations for the directing gig, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.
Pixels, a clever short film by Patrick Jean, depicts 8-bit creatures attacking New York. Pac Man munches on subway stops. Tetris pieces break down skyscrapers. Donkey Kong climbs the Empire State Building. The short won the prestigious Annecy Cristal award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2011. READ FULL STORY
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