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'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus in talks to helm 'Pixels'

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Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison are looking to hire Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) to direct Pixels, the feature version of a short that garnered buzz upon its release in 2010. Columbus will soon begin formal negotiations for the directing gig, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.

Pixels, a clever short film by Patrick Jean, depicts 8-bit creatures attacking New York. Pac Man munches on subway stops. Tetris pieces break down skyscrapers. Donkey Kong climbs the Empire State Building. The short won the prestigious Annecy Cristal award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2011.

The feature film is described as “a Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world.” Jean will executive produce.

Watch the whole short below:

Columbus is currently gearing up for the August release of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which he produced. The film is a sequel to 2010’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, directed and produced by Columbus.

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