Adam SandlerUPDATED 2:35 PM: The studio said today that the feature adaptation of Pixels will hit theaters May 15, 2015, and that shooting will begin next month rather than June.
PREVIOUSLY, APRIL 4: Sony Pictures announced that it will release the Chris Columbus film Pixels starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad in summer 2015, with Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage joining the cast. Principal photography will commence in June. In Pixels, aliens invade planet Earth after misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a threat. The President (James) calls on his childhood friend, Jules Brenner (Sandler), a former arcade champ-turned-home theater installer, to assist in saving the planet. Monaghan is set to play a weapons expert who also is Sandler’s love interest. Dinklage will play Sandler’s former arcade foe. Gad will portray a socially inept genius with a lot of conspiracy theories. Columbus and Sony are working with iconic vintage video game brands in order to incorporate them into Pixels.  Thefilm was written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling and based on the 2010 short by Patrick Jean and produced by One More Production. Pixels will be produced by Happy Madison’s Sandler and Allen Covert, and 1492 Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Executive producers are Barry Bernardi, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, Heather Parry and Seth Gordon. Just for grins, here’s the original short film: