It is always exciting news when Peter Dinklage is set to join a new project especially since we’ve all fallen in love with his outstanding performance as Tyrion Lannister on ‘Game of Thrones‘. So I’m happy to tell you he is joining the cast of ‘Pixels’.
What I’m not excited to tell you is that he’ll be joining a cast which includes Adam Sandler (‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’,’Coneheads’) who has been hitting with a lot of misses with not so funny comedies in recent years. But even with Sandler attached, the short film that the feature film is based off was an absolute pleasure to view so I can’t help but give it a shot. I mean when New York City is attacked by characters out of classic 8-bit video games that include the likes of ‘Space Invaders’, ‘Pac-Man’, ‘Tetris’, ‘Arkanoid’, and more, how can you not want to see it? The concept very much reminds of the pure joy I experienced watching ”Wreck It Ralph‘. This time around though we’d be seeing Kevin James (‘The King of Queens’, ‘Here Comes the Boom’) as the president of the United States asking his childhood video game playing friends Josh Gad (‘Jobs‘, ‘Woke Up Dead’) and Adam Sandler to help the world out when all of these characters begin attacking. Dinklage would be joining the cast as a brash former ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Space Invaders’ champion.
To give you a feel of the film, here’s the 2 minute short that inspired it below!
The film is set to be directed by Chris Columbus (‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’) who has had a few successes under his belt and written by Timothy Dowling (‘This Means War’, ‘Role Models’) and Tim Herlihy (‘Mr. Deeds’, ‘Little Nicky’). While I’ve been a fan of Dowlings’s work in the past, I’m a little leary on Herlihy’s involvement with some of his past work with Sandler. The short film’s original creator, Patrick Jean, will executive produce.
What do you think of this short being turned into a full length feature film? Do you think they have the material to pull it off? Are you worried about any of the casting choices? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter