Pixels is a 2015 American science fiction action comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures, 1492 Pictures and Happy Madison Productions. The film will be directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling and a screen story penned by Tim Herlihy and based on Patrick Jean’s 2010 Internet short film of the same name. The production will feature computer-animated video game characters, special effects and is set to star Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski. Watch Pixels (2015) Full movie online – HD 1080p
Principal photography on the film began on June 2, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The film is scheduled to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 24, 2015.
In 1982, in the hopes of establishing peaceful communication with extraterrestrial life, NASA launches a time capsule into outer space containing images and footage of Earth life and culture. However, the aliens misinterpret enclosed video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Space Invaders, Arkanoid and Tetris. Their technology creates voxels that change form and are capable of turning any form of matter into more of itself. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) calls upon his best friend since childhood, former video game professional Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with Cooper’s wife (Jane Krakowski). To combat the video game characters, Brenner decides to lead a team of retrogamers Eddie Plant and Ludlow Lamonsoff (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens with technology similar to those used in games.
Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, a former 1980s PacMan video game champion, William’s childhood best friend, and the leader of the team.
Anthony Ippolito as 13 year old Sam
Kevin James as President Will Cooper, the President of the United States, Sam’s childhood best friend, and a member of the team.
Jared Riley as 13 year old Will
Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, a conspiracy-theory-obsessed, sad-saggy genius with really bad social skills who is also a member of the team. Unlike the rest of the group, he was a kid in the 1980s.
Jacob Shinder as 8 year Ludlow
Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Sam’s brash former video game-playing nemesis and a member of the team. The character’s physical appearance and personality is styled after real-life Pac-Man and Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell.
Andrew Bambridge as 13 year Eddie
Michelle Monaghan as Lieutenant Colonel Violet van Patten, a unique weapons developer and specialist for the military, a member of the team.
Matt Lintz as Matty, a son of Violet
Brian Cox as Admiral Porter, a military heavyweight.
Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, a beautiful warrior from the fictional 1982 video game Dojo Quest.
Jane Krakowski as Carolyn Cooper, the First Lady of the United States and the wife of William.
Denis Akiyama as Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man.
Sean Bean as Corporal Hill
Affion Crockett as Sergeant Dylan Cohan
Dan Aykroyd as 1982 Championship MC
Lainie Kazan as Mickey Lamonsoff
Serena Williams and Martha Stewart makes a cameo
On May 12, 2010 it was announced that Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison Productions were in talks to develop a 3D animated feature film based on Patrick Jean’s video-game themed short film Pixels. On November 10, 2010 Adam Sandler hired Tim Herlihy to write the film for his studio. On July 16, 2012 studios tapped Tim Dowling to re-write the film, already written by Herlihy, Seth Gordon was attached to exec-produce and to possibly direct the film. On May 30, 2013, director Chris Columbus was in final talks to adapt the internet short film Pixels for Sony Pictures and Sandler’s Happy Madison banner. Characters from classic arcade games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Frogger, and Donkey Kong, among several others, have been licensed for use in the film.
On February 26, 2014, it was announced that Adam Sandler would star a lead role in the film, while Kevin James and Josh Gad were in early talks to join the cast of the film. On March 28, Peter Dinklage was also in final talks to join the film and to play fourth and final male lead. Jennifer Aniston was originally considered for the female lead, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. On April 4, Michelle Monaghan joined the film to star as a female lead. James will play as U.S. president who teams up with Sandler’s character a former champion, to save the planet. Gad will play a conspiracy-theory-obsessed genius with really bad social skills, Dinklage will be Sandler’s brash former video game-playing nemesis and Monaghan will play a weapons developer for the military and love interest for Sandler. On June 11, Brian Cox joined the cast, he’ll play military heavyweight Admiral Porter. On July 1, Ashley Benson was added to the cast of the film to play Lady Lisa, a beautiful warrior from the fictional ’80s video game Dojo Quest. On July 9, Jane Krakowski joined the cast of the film to play the First Lady to James’ President Cooper.
On October 20, during an interview with Film-News.co.uk, actress Michelle Monaghan said, “Yeah I adore Adam. We had the best time filming Pixels for 12 hours a day for three months straight, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and myself, it’s a comedy and those guys just know how to roll; their timing is impeccable.”
On March 25, 2014, Ontario Media Development Corporation confirmed that the film would be shot in Toronto from May 28 to September 9 at Pinewood Toronto Studios. While principal photography on the film commenced in Toronto, Ontario on June 2, 2014, using downtown streets decorated to resemble New York City. On July 29, the filming was being taken place outside of Markham, Ontario. Filming was also done in Rouge Park area, extras were dressing in costume at Markham’s Rouge Valley Mennonite Church. On August 4, actors Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Ashley Benson were spotted in Toronto during the filming scenes for the film on Bay Street, which was transformed into a city block in Washington, D.C. and littered with wrecked vehicles and giant holes in the pavements. The Ontario Government Buildings was doubled to transform into a federal office building in Washington. Actors were aiming at aliens which could not been seen but will be added later with CGI. On August 26, 2014, filming took place in Cobourg. The filming was completed in three months, with 12 hours of shooting a day.
The musical score for the movie will be composed by Henry Jackman, who also worked as composer for Wreck-It Ralph. In June 2015, American rapper Waka Flocka Flame released a single entitled “Game On” and featuring Good Charlotte, which will serve as part of the film’s soundtrack.
The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 15, 2015, but on August 12, 2014, the release date was pushed back to July 24, 2015.
The first trailer was released on March 19, 2015 and received 34.3 million global views in 24 hours, breaking Sony’s previous record held by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (22 million views in 2014). The second trailer was released on June 13, 2015. In Brazil, a promotional video was released on July 2, 2015, showing Adam Sandler interacting with Monica and Jimmy Five (from Monica’s Gang) and telling Monica the movie’s plot, before both are chased by Pac-Man.
Reception, Box office
Pixels opened in South Korea on July 17, 2015, earning an estimated $3.3 million on its opening weekend, debuted at third place behind Pixar’s animated film Inside Out and local film Northern Limit Line. The film will open in 40 markets including Brazil, France, Mexico, Russia and Spain this weekend.
|Directed by||Chris Columbus|
|Produced by||Adam Sandler
|Screenplay by||Tim Herlihy
|Story by||Tim Herlihy|
by Patrick Jean
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Hughes Winborne|
Happy Madison Productions
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$3.3 million|