In early April, we wrote about a very cool short film called Pixels, from director Patrick Jean and the French production house One More Production. It was a retro game themed science fiction story in which video games rose up to attack the landscapes of American cities, playing Tetris with human architecture and causing all kinds of chaos.
Somewhere in between then and now, Adam Sandler’s company Happy Madison swooped in and bought the rights to the short, and according to Deadline, they are currently shopping the idea around to studios. The likely stop is Columbia Pictures, where Happy Madison’s office and many of their productions reside.
There’s no telling what a feature length version of Pixels would look like. Will it be a moderately budgeted action epic about world destruction? Will it be an over-the-top animated film? Is it comedy, or is it drama? Or is it something else entirely? These questions remain. One thing that should be noted: there is no mention of Patrick Jean being involved in the project as of yet. If he ends up directing, there could be something here. But if this turns out to be a buy-and-run job at Happy Madison, hope is lost.
You can watch the original short below: