Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in final talks to join the cast of Pixels, which already includes Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad. The project is based on Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, where New York City is literally transformed into 8-bit pixels. Check out the short below, then read on for more details.
The project has been in development since 2010, shortly after Patrick Jean's short film debuted. This feature-length adaptation centers on an alien race who attack New York City by staging versions of 1980s video games on an epic scale. The story follows four arcade video game champions who are recruited by the government to stop this dangerous threat. If a deal is finalized, Peter Dinklage will play the fourth and final male lead.
Chris Columbus is directing from a script by Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups, Big Daddy) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War). Adam Sandler is producing for his Happy Madison company, with Seth Gordon, who directed the video game documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, serving as executive producer.
This new report from The Wrap reveals that Tim Herlihy's original draft was more in line with humor showcased in Adam Sandler's Happy Madison movies, which enticed both director Chris Columbus and actor/producer Adam Sandler to sign on. Sony wanted a big-budget tentpole in the same vein as Ghostbusters, which lead to Timothy Dowling coming on board to enhance the scope of this project. It isn't known when production may begin.
Aside from his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, which returns for its fourth season on Sunday, April 6, Peter Dinklage also stars as Bolivar Trask in this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.