Earlier this year, Patrick Jean’s retro game-inspired Pixels went viral – the short film, which featured some of the 8-bit era’s most famous faces terrorizing the streets of New York, captivated the interwebs, racking up more than 1 million views less than 24 hours after its initial release.
It also apparently captivated Adam Sandler, as his movie production studio Happy Madison has approached the writer-director with the idea of making “a Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sandler’s longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy has already been singled out to pen the screenplay. I am both happy for Jean and sad for Pixels, as I doubt they’ll choose the 8-bit characters over more flesh and blood game character fare, but this could still work, right? I mean, Herlihy did write the screenplay for The Wedding Singer, so even if some of the original short film’s nostalgic charm gets lost in the churn of the Hollywood machine, it could still be good.
What’s that you say IMDB, he also wrote the screenplay for Mr. Deeds? Shit.