Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in Pixels, which has been in development at Sony since 2010. The project is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film which you can check out below, where New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.

The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. No details were given for Kevin James and Josh Gad's characters, although they are said to have lead roles.

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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 with his Happy Madison producing partner Jack Giarraputo. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.

Kevin James most recently starred in Grown Ups 2, and he is also reprising his title role in the comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Josh Gad voiced the snowman Olaf in Disney's Frozen, and he will next be seen in Wish I Was Here and The Wedding Ringer.