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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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As we head into Thanksgiving weekend and gear up to watch what feels like a dozen new releases this weekend, FilmDistrict and Sony have quietly announced new release dates for a few of their projects.

That long-delayed Red Dawn remake that FilmDistrict picked up earlier this fall is now scheduled to drop next fall, while Sony’s Pixels and Singularity have both set dates for 2013. Meanwhile, we finally have a set date for that Kathryn Bigelow project about Osama bin Laden. More details after the jump.

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Viewfinder: The Black List for Aspiring Filmmakers

Though it started as a very insider thing, The Black List has recently become more popular and mainstream. For those who may not know, it’s an annual list of the year’s best unproduced screenplays as voted on by about 300 Hollywood development executives and high-level assistants. We recently posted the 2010 list and looking back at some previous years (2007, 2008, 2009), films such as Recount, The Beaver and The Social Network all sat near the top of the list. Skim over any of them and you’ll see names of films that are out, are coming out and more. It’s a big deal.

This year, a new Black List of sorts has come out. Dubbed Viewfinder, it’s supposed to do for directors what The Black List did for screenwriters. Viewfinder is a compilation of “the top commercials, shorts and/or music videos of 2010.” Several of the directors on the list already have deals or are in production on films. We’ve even written about a few of them on /Film. For others, though, this could be their big break. After the jump, check out the full list and link to the page where you can watch all the videos including the #1 film on the list, Ricardo de Montreuil’s The Raven, seen above. Read More »

Tim Herlihy was a writer for Saturday Night Live during Adam Sandler’s tenure as a cast member, and he has also written most of the comedian’s feature films. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Bedtime Stories and more Adam Sandler films all credit him as a writer or co-writer.

Back in May, Mr. Sandler’s production company picked up the rights to develop a feature based on the short film Pixels, directed by Patrick Jean. The company has now set Tim Herlihy to write what has been called ““a Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.”

That’s all the info we’ve got right now, but if you missed the short when it made waves in April, you can watch it after the break. [THR] Read More »

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Just a month ago we featured the short Pixels: Retro Gamers, which depicted a bunch of classic gaming characters and icons attacking New York City. Patrick Jean‘s short had a lot of style and no shortage of technique. But the idea was a pretty self-contained one.

A short featuring attacking game icons is great, but how about a feature, where there would also be the neccessity for character and story? I’m not saying it can’t be done, but the task sounds daunting. Nonetheless, Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison is going to try, and is taking the project to Sony. Read More »

VOTD: PIXELS: Retro Gamers

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Mix the ‘aliens attack!’ idea of Panic Attack with a love for the first wave of arcade video games, and you get PIXELS: Retro Gamers. This great two-minute film sees New York City beseiged by waves of early arcade characters, from Pac-Man to Space Invaders. A wave of pixelated destruction follows these characters through the city, and you’ll probably love watching it happen. Read More »

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