Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a real update on the video game-inspired Pixels, but it’s moving ahead slowly but surely. While no director has been announced at this time, King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon‘s signed on to executive produce and possibly direct, and while no star has been locked in at this point, Adam Sandler is eyeing it as a potential star vehicle. (No surprise, considering the film is being produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison.)
Meanwhile, Happy Madison and Sony have just tapped Sandler’s Just Go With It scribe Tim Dowling to rewrite the Pixels script as an action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters. Dowling takes over for frequent Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy, who began working on the script in 2010. More details after the jump.
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Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken so long for this to happen. In the early to mid-’70s Bill Cosby did three films with Sidney Poitier (who also directed) called Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, and A Piece of the Action. The films aren’t exactly related in a narrative sense — they feature different characters, in different cities — but are clearly related in that they feature Cosby, Poitier and great supporting casts having a hell of a time in comedy/caper stories.
Now Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, is in talks to remake Uptown Saturday Night, with hopes for Will Smith and Denzel Washington as the stars. Smith has been trying to remake all three films for a decade now, and maybe it is finally about to happen. Read More »
[Update: The Wrap now have the updated logline for the film. It now reads: “Two best friends, both of whom are spies, go to war with each other after falling in love with the same woman. It’s about what’s more important — your best friend or the love of your life — and what happens when the two come into conflict with each other.” Original story follows.]
The big-budget romantic comedy This Means War, which comes complete with scenes of city destruction, has been in the works at Fox for a long time. It was once a Martin Lawrence film, and several directors have been attached over the years.
Now This Means War has McG attached to direct, as we’ve reported before, and Reese Witherspoon set to star. At one point Bradley Cooper seemed set to play the male lead, but now Fox is interested in other actors, including Seth Rogen and Chris Pine. Read More »