by Justin Cook
The world premiere trailer for the upcoming ’80s arcade sci-fi comedy film Pixels has been released by Sony Pictures.
Watch the trailer here:
The film’s cast includes such actors as Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Brian Cox.
Chris Columbus, director of Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Rent, has helmed the film. This is the director’s first feature film since 2010’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
The project is written by Timothy Dowling and Tim Herlihy, the latter of which also came up with the story for the film. Sandler, Columbus, Mark Radcliffe and Allen Covert are all producing.
Based on a short film of the same name by Patrick Jean, Pixels plot is described as follows:
“When intergalactic 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 (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.”
Judging from the trailer alone, Pixels looks like it has a ton of potential to be an entertaining film for families, gamers and casual moviegoers alike. From Pac-Man chomping through the streets of a city to Sandler, James and Monaghan being forced into a real life game of Donkey Kong, Pixels doesn’t look like it’s taking itself too seriously, which means that you probably shouldn’t either. While the film’s premise is nothing short of ridiculous, it definitely seems like the type of movie where a lot of fun can be had.
Not to mention, the Tōru Iwatani cameo appearence at the end of the trailer was a more than pleasant surprise.
On top of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, also expect to see such classic video games as Centipede and Space Invaders featured in the film as well.
Pixels will be in theaters on July 24, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Plot Summary Source: IMDb