In development for some time Sony Pictures’ big screen adaptation of Patrick Jean’s videogame-inspired short film Pixels appears to have found a director. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Chris Columbus is in talks to helm.
The short film, which you can check out in the player below, became a viral hit with its 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. It was previously said that the plan was to make a Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.
Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison is behind the big screen adaptation with Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling providing the screenplay.
Columbus is well known for comedy hits like Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire as well as for directing the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise. He most recently directed 2010’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.