'Harry Potter' Director Chris Columbus Picking Up 'Pixels' at Columbia
Last summer, it appeared there was finally some progress on bringing Patrick Jean's incredible short film Pixels to the big screen with King of Kong and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon at the helm. But that isn't happening anymore. Happy Madison is still producing the film for Columbia Pictures with a script from Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy), rewritten by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War), and now Heat Vision has word that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus is now in talks to direct the adaptation of the video game inspired film. More below!
For those who haven't seen the spectacular short film, here's Pixels in full:
As you can see, it features a slew of 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. Columbia and Happy Madison are hoping to put together an action comedy akin to Ghostbusters with the same premise, but likely there's some kind of ragtag team put together in order to stop them. Columbus hasn't been behind the camera since Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in 2010, and this would be a cool project to bring him back to the big screen. Columbus is hit or miss in some aspects of filmmaking, but he does have a keen eye for family films, so this could be something very cool if a deal comes together.