'King of Kong' Helmer Seth Gordon Taking 'Pixels' for Happy Madison?
One of the most impressive panels I saw at this year's Comic-Con wasn't for a $250 million live action blockbuster, but for Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's upcoming animated film that stars John C. Reilly as a video game character who escapes from his game and rebels against the system. With this and Assassin's Creed on the way, video game movies seem to be back en vogue, and now Variety reports that King of Kong director Seth Gordon is in talks to direct Pixels, Adam Sandler's upcoming film about giant 8-bit video game characters from the 80's like Pac Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong and more attacking The Big Apple. Read on!
For your own reference here's Patrick Jean's awesome original short Pixels:
Just Go With It writer Tim Dowling has just been hired to punch up the script and make it larger in scope to better replicate the Ghostbusters tone that Happy Madison Productions is aiming for here. Sandler and his team hired Gordon as an executive producer because of his extensive background with gamers, since the story will likely revolve around a team of gamers recruited by the government to save Manhattan from the attack, and it's possible that Gordon will also direct if he can fit it into his schedule.
Gordon is the perfect director for a project with this subject matter, and he's certainly a hell of a lot more talented than the typical stable of guys that Sandler usually works with. Under Gordon's direction, I can envision this movie still turning out well even if Sandler and some of his cronies like Kevin James and Rob Schneider end up playing the leads. Let's hope that Gordon seizes the opportunity and his influence as a producer at the very least minimizes the flaws of Dowling's work, and that a project with so much potential isn't left to frequent and increasingly disappointing Sandler collaborator Dennis Dugan to direct.