May 13, 2010 / 5:14 AM / 9 years ago

Adam Sandler taking "Pixels" to big screen

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Pixels,” the much-buzzed-about short film featuring 1980s video game characters attacking New York City, is heading for the big-screen.

The French filmmaker behind “Pixels,” Patrick Jean, has teamed up with Adam Sandler’s production banner Happy Madison to develop a big-screen take. The team is in talks with Columbia, where Happy Madison has its first-look deal, to set up the project at the studio.

The project is still in the early stages and no writer is on board, but the plan is to make a “Ghostbusters”-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.

“Pixels,” abetted by a thumbs-up from filmmaker Edgar Wright, became a viral hit in April with its pixilated versions of Tetris, Space Invaders, Frogger, Pac-Man and others invading NYC first, then the world.

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