'Harry Potter' Director Chris Columbus Picking Up 'Pixels' at Columbia

May 30, 2013
Source: Heat Vision


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 sinceĀ 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.

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Chris might actually serve this project well all his films have a special place in my heart except Percy Jackson but I don't blame him for how that film turned out. I'm totally keeping my eyes on this project.

N. on May 30, 2013


Why don't you blame him for how that film turned out? I love all his projects too so I'm wondering if there is a legitimate reason why Percy Jackson was such shit.

Matt Peloquin on May 30, 2013


I have no facts or evidence to support my claim its just the film feels apart and disjointed and doesn't show the same love his other projects do I heard there was a rushed schedule but really it just seems his heart wasn't truly in the project. That's just my opinion and I could be wrong

N. on May 30, 2013


I liked the short, is there a feature in that? It looked great though.

Carpola on May 30, 2013

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