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In 1982, Earth created a time capsule of popular culture from the era, and sent it into space in order to establish contact with extra-terrestrial life. Somehow, an ancient race of alien lifeforms that have never had any other contact with mankind did not understand the meaning of the 'message'. They especially take offence to the inclusion of 'Pac Man' and 'Donkey Kong', and assemble an army of pixelated, murderous 1980s video game characters and send them back to Earth to destroy the humans. With the world on the brink of destruction by a giant 'Pac Man', mankind has just one hope: a hodgepodge collection of retro gamers, using their old techniques to defeat the greatest video game boss of all time.
It was announced on 12th May 2010 that short film 'Pixels' would be adapted into a feature length movie, with producer and star, Adam Sandler, assigning Tim Herlihy ('Grown Ups 2') to write the screenplay. Timothy Dowling ('This Means War', 'Role Models') later did reworks on the script. On 30th May, 2013, director Chris Columbus ('Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', 'Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief') took the role of director. 'Pixels' is set for US release on 24th July 2015.