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CULVER CITY, Calif.,
April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Michelle Monaghan and
Peter Dinklage have joined
Kevin James, and Josh Gad in the cast of Sony Pictures Entertainment's
Pixels, which will be directed by
Chris Columbus and released in the Summer of 2015. Principal photography will begin in June of this year on the Happy Madison/1492 Pictures production, which was written by
Tim Herlihy and
Timothy Dowling, based on the short film directed by
Patrick Jean and produced by One More Production.
Pixels will be produced by Happy Madison's
Adam Sandler and
Allen Covert, and 1492 Pictures'
Michael Barnathan and
Mark Radcliffe. Executive producers are
Heather Parry and
In the film, when 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 has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion
Jules Brenner, now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
Columbus and the studio are working with many of the 1980s' most iconic videogame brands in an effort to bring together on the big screen the characters from the decade's quintessential games. "By combining the visceral power of 80's arcade games with state-of-the-art visual effects, Pixels will take the audience to a place they've never been before," stated Columbus.