With July getting closer and closer on the calendar, we have already started seeing some new trailers for the upcoming video-game comedy Pixels. The movie comes from director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and a script by writers Timothy Dowling (Just Go With It, This Means War) and Tim Herlihy (Happy Gilmore, Mr. Deeds) from a story by Patrick Jean (Tom the Cat, Motorville) about aliens who attack earth using the characters of Nintendo video game characters. Leading the cast line-up is comedy veteran Adam Sandler (Big Daddy, Grown-Ups), Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs, The Wedding Ringer), Kevin James (The King of Queens, Paul Blart:Mall Cop), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game of Thrones), Michelle Monoghan (Eagle Eye, True Detective), and Jane Krakowski (Alfie, 30 Rock), along with your favorite Nintendo characters including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders! Although the project seems pretty dumb in retrospect, it may just be the comedy to see this summer, although it did receive a PG-13 and not R rating. We’ll just have to wait for July to see if it’s a hidden gem or not. Stay tuned.
You’ve probably started to see TV-spots for the upcoming comedy Pixels with Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy) and Kevin James (The King of Queens, Grown-Ups) on your flat-screens. We first caught wind of this project about a year ago when it was announced that Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, True Detective) and Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game of Thrones) would also be joining the cast, and with the movie still scheduled to open in theaters this July 24th, the crew is now full-swing in post production. Harry Potter and Home Alone director Chris Columbus is leading the project with a script from Timothy Dowling (Just Go With It, This Means War) and Tim Herlihy (Mr. Deeds, Grown-Ups 2), written from a short by Patrick Jean. If you’ve seen the TV-spots then you get the premise: video-game heros like Donkey Kong and Pac Man come to Earth as an alien species and begin to go “Godzilla” on the human race. Pretty hilarious idea; so much so that I think it may actually be worth seeing in theaters. Enjoy!
Everybody’s favorite Lannister will be returning for the upcoming season of the HBO series Game of Thrones this Spring, but Peter Dinklage will be doing more this year than just portraying the calculative dwarf judged only by his size and not his intelligence. Dinklage will be joining comedy veteran Adam Sandler in a sci-fi adventure called Pixels. The film follows a group of video gamers who are recruited to deal with video-game villains from the 1980s who are attacking New York City. Dinklage and Sandler, as well as Kevin James and Josh Gad will all be taking a role as one of the experts recruited to deal with the situation. The film is being produced by Sandler under Happy Madison Productions and will be released by Sony Pictures. Screenwriter Tim Dowling (This Means War) has written the project from an original script by Tim Herlihy (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy), and Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter 1 & 2) is set to direct the film. No word on a release date or additional cast members, but we’ll keep an eye out.