Adam Sandler And Kevin James Will Battle Video Game Characters In ‘Pixels’

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Adam Sandler has been striking out left and right at the box office in recent years, and to be perfectly honest his upcoming comedy Blended does not seem poised to do much to change that trend. In 2015, however, he might finally strike gold once more as he and Kevin James prepare to face off against legendary video game characters in the film Pixels.

Based on a short with the same name from 2010, Pixels is being promoted as “a big action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters.” Tim Herlihy wrote the primary draft, and Tim Dowling did a rewrite on the script that is expected to go into production sometime this summer. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, The Goonies, Home Alone) is directing with Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage in the cast.

The story of Pixels takes place in the not too distant future, with Kevin James serving as the president of the United States. When signals from a classic set of arcade games somehow end up in alien ears, our intergalactic neighbors misinterpret the messages as a declaration of war. James, realizing the imminent threat presented by beings from other worlds, recruits his childhood friend (Adam Sandler), a former arcade champ-turned-home theater installer, to lead a group of gamers against the aliens.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? A little Wreck-It Ralph meets Mars Attacks, only with Sandler and James at the center of everything.

Pixels will open sometime in 2015, so it’s likely we will see a trailer before the end of the year. You can view the original short film, which was created by Patrick Jean and shot entirely in NYC, below.

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