Stunning 'Pixels' Scaling Up To Big Screen, Says Report

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Patrick Jean's amazing short film Pixels, which documents the 8-bit destruction of New York City by Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invader and Vaus from Arkanoid, may be coming to a theater near you, thanks to Adam Sandler.

Deadline reports that Sandler's production company Happy Madison has purchased the rights to Pixels and that Columbia Pictures may develop the short into a feature film. Jean said in an interview last month with Motionographer that he's been "contacted by several major feature studios to develop the project further." Happy Madison, by the way, is the production studio responsible for cinematic classics like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and You Don't Mess With The Zohan.

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Adding more weight to the report are new domain registrations from Sony Pictures, the home of Columbia, dug up by URL-finding powers of Mr. Superannuation. Sony is squatting on various Pixels movie domains, proving it is at least that serious about getting the film made.

Deadline notes that the big screen adaptation of Pixels would be filmed in 3D, naturally, as any good movie should.

Jean and Sony Pictures have not yet responded to requests for comment.

Sony, Happy Madison Playing With Viral Sensation 'Pixels' [Deadline]
Pixels by Patrick Jean (HD) [YouTube]

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I'm sorry... I just didn't care for the pixels video, mostly because, except for the most basic of shapes, the "pixels" weren't arcade accurate. Look at poor old Donkey Kong up there. Take away the barrel and you'd probably have no clue who he was. Also there was no real plot and the visuals wern't impressive in the least. "You've learned how to composite cg into live action shots of new york.....you have now been deemed competant.... here's your cookie!" Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad by any imagination, it was good, but only if you put it into the context of what it is, namely a throw-away web video.

Also I don't see how one could aquire the proper liscenses to do this film right. Pacman, Donkey Kong and the Space Invaders are owned by namco, nintendo and taito respectively. If someone were to try to make a buck off a film soley based around their intellectual property rest assured they would all sue Happy Madison's ass off.