A movie version of Patrick Jean’s short film Pixels has been in development at Sony since 2010. However while the short seemed ready made for the big screen treatment it’s taken a long time to find a way to properly get it to work as a feature-length film.
Now though it seem ready to move forward as Deadline reports that Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in the movie. Right from the very first days of the project, Adam Sandler has been set to produce, but it’s only now that he’s decided he’s officially going to star, according to TheWrap.
Jennifer Aniston is also apparently being courted for a role, but she’s not close to signing on yet.
The film is about four video arcade champions who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. In the original short film, New York City was transformed into 8-bit pixels, with everything from Space Invaders to Frogger attacking the metropolis. It’s now known if real games will feature in the movie version.
It’s not clear exactly who Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Josh Gad will play, although they are set for lead roles, so will presumably be two of the champions.
Chris Columbus is set to direct from a script by Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups, Big Daddy) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models). Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.