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Chris Columbus Taps Adam Sandler, Kevin James & Josh Gad For ‘Pixels’

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The long-discussed feature-length adaptation of Pixels is finally moving forward.

According to TheWrap, Adam Sandler has signed on to star in the film directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and produced by the actor’s Happy Madison shingle. Meanwhile, Kevin James (Grown Ups) and Josh Gad (Frozen) are also in early conversations for parts. There’s even talk that Sandler’s Just Go With It co-star Jennifer Aniston will hop on board, too, but she hasn’t committed yet.

Pixels is based on Patrick Jean’s short of the same name that centers on a variety of old-school video game elements wreaking havoc on New York City. Tim Herlihy wrote the first draft of the script, but Sandler and Columbus became interested after Tim Dowling did a rewrite.

Rumor has it that the big-screen version, which is often compared to Ghostbusters in tone, finds a group of classic video game experts recruited to tackle the incursion of video game villains on Earth.

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