I don't want to say it's a bad idea to adapt a great short film into a feature, as it's been done quite well in the past (12 Monkeys; Bottle Rocket), but when a concept is concisely wrapped up in the span of two and a half minutes, it's hard to see where it could be expanded to 40 times as long. That's the case with Patrick Jean's Pixels, which made the Internet rounds (including here) a month ago. Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, reportedly bought the rights to the film, and now they're talking with Columbia Pictures about developing a longer, 3D version.

There's no doubt the movie will overextend the once cute and clever bits involving classic arcade game characters, like Donkey Kong and Frogger, destroying NYC. And obviously it won't end the same way, with the whole world becoming one giant pixel. But I'm imagining the worst case scenario: Jean's original reminded me of the montage from Ghostbustersafter Peck shuts down the containment unit and all the spirits stream out across the five boroughs. So this could be like that, with a team of 8-bit busters who must save the day. Of course that team is played by Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Chris Rock.
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