Five teaser posters for the upcoming Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and Percy Jackson) video game invasion comedy Pixels have just arrived. The four posters depict four iconic arcade games – Pac-Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders – wrecking havoc on Earth. Starring Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, and Peter Dinklage, hit the jump to check them out.
It may has come as a shock to hear that Adam Sandler had picked up the rights of a fun short video to create it into a fully fledged film with his Happy Madison Productions, but there’s no stopping it now. There has been little information or marketing of the film up until Comic-Con this year. Although many are skeptical of Sandler’s abilities to create something of value these days, Pixels has somewhat of a unique appeal to it.
If the posters are any indication of what’s in store for audiences, than this should be a pretty fun film.
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While Sandler has mostly been known for his box office blunders as of late, there has been some rather positive buzz surrounding this project. For one thing, video games, particularly those of a nostalgic nature, have continued to rise in popularity over the past several years so this should be a draw for gamers young and old. (Wreck-It Ralph is a prime example of the popularity of nostalgic video games.) Secondly, one of the main characters will be portrayed by Peter Dinklage, a favorite amongst fans of the wildly popular Game of Thrones television show based on the George R.R. Martin book series of the same name.
Here’s the official information on the release:
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist. The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert. Executive Producers are Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Patrick Jean, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon, and Ben Waisbren.
Pixels will be in theaters on July 24, 2015.