Chris Columbus in Talks to Direct 'Pixels' for Columbia and Happy Madison (Exclusive)

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Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing the project, which is based on a hot Internet short by Patrick Jean.

Chris Columbus, the veteran director of Home Alone and the first three films in the Harry Potter series, is in discussions to direct Pixels, Columbia and Happy Madison’s adaptation of a hot Internet short.

Pixels was one of the Internet shorts that garnered Hollywood buzz in 2010 (the same year that The Gift and Panic Attack! made the rounds) and depicted 1980s video game characters attacking New York City.

The producers and the studio are aiming to do a Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.

Patrick Jean, who made the short, is executive producing, while Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing with One More Production's Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves and Matias Boucard.

Tim Herlihy wrote the original draft, which was rewritten by Tim Dowling.

Columbus hasn’t directed a movie since 2010’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He’s been developing numerous projects through his 1492 Pictures banner and recently co-wrote the New York Times best-selling YA novel House of Secrets, but this is the first project in several years that has grabbed his attention in such a fashion. However, sources caution that talks are at an early stage.

He is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.

Here is the short: