Sony Pictures has opened up shop across from the San Diego Convention Center at the Had Rock Hotel. Inside is the Pixels arcade, a small retro arcade that will be open for the remainder of the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. The mini arcade will feature retro video game tournaments with next generation video game prizes (Playstation 4, or course). But more importantly, the arcade offers us some insight into the world of Pixels, the high-concept sci-fi action comedy coming from director Chris Columbus. Hit the jump to see some photos and video from the arcade, see the heroes Ghostbusters-like car, learn about a arcade game that we found inside and a strange encounter with Peter Dinklage‘s Billy Mitchell-looking felon character.
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The film Pixels stars a few humans that each enjoy a great deal of popularity. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Frozen), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), and Adam Sandler (all pictured above) must band together to defeat an unusual host of alien invaders. But those three actors might not truly be the stars of the film, because the invading aliens are all veterans of classic games. Now the Pixels video game characters have been revealed.
The feature is based on the short by Patrick Jean in which a human city is besieged by game characters, but we didn’t know which ones would make the jump. Now we know that Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and sprites from games such as Q*Bert, Space Invaders, and Galaga will all show up in the feature film version of Pixels. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
UPDATE: We’ve heard from our good sources that the new Gremlins movie won’t be a remake, but a sequel-style reboot set 30 years after the original. Original post follows.
Chris Columbus may be going back to his roots. A new report indicates that he’s set to produce both the Gremlins remake and the Goonies sequel, having written the screenplays for the originals. Hit the jump for all the details.
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The short film Pixels, about a city attacked by classic video game characters, hit the internet in 2010. Almost immediately, a feature version of the short was put into development. That process took quite a while, but finally a cast and crew came together. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, The Goonies, Home Alone) is directing with Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage in the cast.
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Over 20 years have passed since director Chris Columbus and star Robin Williams teamed up for the hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. In that time, it’s become a cable staple. A movie some of us have seen dozens of times, whether we wanted to or not. Now, it seems we’ll be seeing more of Mrs. Doubtfire in theaters too.
Fox 2000 has just reignited develop of Mrs Doubtfire 2 with Columbus and Williams attached to direct and star. David Berenbaum, the writer of Elf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Haunted Mansion and Zoom, is penning the script. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
After a season spent on HBO’s deathly dark True Detective, Michelle Monaghan is ready for some much lighter fare. She’s just booked the female lead in Pixels, the video game-inspired action-comedy being directed by Chris Columbus and produced by Adam Sandler. She joins a starry cast that also includes Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and, of course, Sandler himself.
Along with reports of her casting come a host of new details about the plotline and characters. Hit the jump to find out what everyone will be doing in the movie, as well as when we’ll see them doing it.
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Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Peter Dinklage could go from waging war on mutants to waging war on video game characters. The X-Men: Days of Future Past actor is in final talks to join Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in Pixels, the Ghostbusters-esque actioner being directed by Chris Columbus. Get details on the plot and more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
As a producer, Adam Sandler has a few actors that he likes to work with over and over. Chief among them is Adam Sandler, so it should come as no surprise that he’s cast himself in Happy Madison’s next big feature, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels.
Also in the mix for the film are Sandler’s buddy and frequent co-star Kevin James, while Sandler’s Just Go With It love interest Jennifer Aniston is being courted for another role. But the cast isn’t all Happy Madison standbys — Josh Gad, of Frozen and Jobs fame, is circling as well. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Happy Madison and Sony were quick to snap up the rights to Patrick Jean’s short Pixels: Retro Gamers in 2010, but since then their plans for a feature adaptation have been moving pretty slowly. The film was set to open in May 2013 and then May 2014, before being pulled off the studio’s release calendar entirely.
All’s not lost, though, as the project seems about to take a big step forward. Chris Columbus is now in early talks to direct the picture, described as a Ghostbusters-style action-comedy. Hit the jump for details.
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Chris Columbus might be best known as the director of hit films like Home Alone and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he got his start as a screenwriter. Long before he directed Mrs. Doubtfire or two Harry Potters, Columbus wrote Young Sherlock Holmes, Gremlins and The Goonies, just to name a few. In recent years, it’s that last film most people want to talk to Columbus about because it has resonated with audiences for decades.
About 15 years ago, Columbus was working on another screenplay and, after finishing a portion of it, realized it was way too massive to film. He estimated the budget around $500 million. So he put it away, went about his life, and years later dusted it off. He thought it could work as a novel and, along with co-author Ned Vizzini set to work. The result is called House of Secrets and just hit shelves bearing an endorsement from JK Rowling herself.
House of Secrets tells the story of three siblings who lose their parents and go on an epic adventure, the first of a planned trilogy. Columbus believes the book’s story and themes strongly position it as a “cousin” to The Goonies. Read more below. Read More »