Back in 2012, Happy Madison and Sony were quick to snap up the rights to Patrick Jean’s short Pixels: Retro Gamers, with the assumption at the time that Jean would be the one making his move into cinema with the feature-film version. However now another name is in talks to helm, Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson), according to TheWrap.
Jean’s short film was about 1980s arcade characters attacking New York City. However the movie version will go slightly more Wreck-It Ralph, with characters emerging from a video game to mess up our world, and the government recruiting a group of hardcore gamers to battle them.
Tim Dowling did a recent rewrite of the script, which was originally penned by Tim Herlihy. There’s no word on whether Adam Sandler is still planning to star, which was the original plan.