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Chris Columbus in talks to direct Ghostbusters-like action comedy Pixels

05.30.2013
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The last thing we got from Chris Columbus directing wise was 2010s PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF. While I may not have enjoyed everything he's ever done, films like ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, HOME ALONE 2, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, and both of the HARRY POTTER movies he directed sort of cancel out anything lousy he could possibly do. I'm willing to let it anything pass because of my love for MRS. DOUBTFIRE.

Now it looks like Columbus, who is known to circle many projects but not necessarily touch down is looking at taking on PIXELS. The film which was derived from Patrick Jean's short, PIXELS: RETRO GAMERS was nabbed up by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions back in 2010. It was set to release in 2013 then pushed to 2014, but now it seems that Sony wants it ready for a debut in 2015. It's said that the goal of the project is to develop an "action-comedy in the vein of GHOSTBUSTERS."

The first draft of the script was written by Tim Herlihy (THE WEDDING SINGER, BILLY MADISON) then was passed to Tim Dowling (JUST GO WITH IT) for rewrites. PIXELS is said to be the largest production that Happy Madison has taken on to date.

For those who haven't seen the PIXELS short I've included it below:

Source: The Wrap

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11:10PM on 05/30/2013
Always cool when filmmakers who have come up with excellent short films get features based on them.
Always cool when filmmakers who have come up with excellent short films get features based on them.
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9:41PM on 05/30/2013
Action comedies like Ghostbusters could potentially be genuinely horrifying: the Pixels short certainly is: one assumes that all life on Earth is destroyed as everyone is replaced with video game characters. There was a 2001 David Duchovny movie called Evolution that was similarly frightening: alien germs come to Earth and evolve so quickly that they threaten to replace existing life on Earth. The ending (which I won't spoil) was plausible too. The problem with Pixels is if it is anything
Action comedies like Ghostbusters could potentially be genuinely horrifying: the Pixels short certainly is: one assumes that all life on Earth is destroyed as everyone is replaced with video game characters. There was a 2001 David Duchovny movie called Evolution that was similarly frightening: alien germs come to Earth and evolve so quickly that they threaten to replace existing life on Earth. The ending (which I won't spoil) was plausible too. The problem with Pixels is if it is anything like the short and people are dying on a massive scale how are they going to make it funny?
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9:28PM on 05/30/2013
Very odd that you list Home Alone 2 and not the original Home Alone. I was under the impression that most people liked both equally or preferred the first.
Very odd that you list Home Alone 2 and not the original Home Alone. I was under the impression that most people liked both equally or preferred the first.
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8:49PM on 05/30/2013
what does this have to do with Ghost busting? I do like the PIXELS SHORT THOUGH!
what does this have to do with Ghost busting? I do like the PIXELS SHORT THOUGH!
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7:43PM on 05/30/2013

This could work.

I really hope somebody involved in the film reads this. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Should be the Ghostbusters, totally go stoner with it! It will make bank!
I really hope somebody involved in the film reads this. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Should be the Ghostbusters, totally go stoner with it! It will make bank!
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