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The Shorts Trend – Big Screen PIXELS May 13

PIXELSThe trend of successful viral shorts being made into movies continues.

Previously, I had posted this article about PIXELS.

Now comes this news:

So many shorts to adapt, so little time. Late last year Sam Raimi paid top dollar for Fede Alvarez’s internet sensation Panic Attack, starting a trend that has continued with Carl Erik Rinsch’s The Gift kicking off a bidding war between major studios. Today, another web short has been optioned by a top-tier entertainer, and given the star power and strength of his studio connections, we may actually see this get made.

THR’s Heat Vision Blog reports that Adam Sandler, through his Sony-based Happy Madison production company, will develop a big-screen take of French filmmaker Patrick Jean’s Pixels. The much-buzzed-about short featuring 1980s video game characters (including Space Invaders, Frogger and Pac-Man) attacking New York City got a thumbs-up from filmmaker Edgar Wright and became a viral hit in April, leading Jean to a contract with William Morris Endeavor.


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  2. Chris says:

    Following the news of “Panic Attack” getting a deal, I had a feeling this was going to be a growing trend. It’s something that was frowned upon in film school, but now is proving much more useful. Studios get a chance to see not only the poster, but how a bit of the story plays out or a bit of how the concept work and then they get to see how an online audience responds to it. It makes sense to me…for now. Eventually there are going to be hundreds of things like this all trying to get that attention and I fear it will dilute the overall pool. After a few that don’t work out, will Hollywood be hesitant to do it again?

  3. Trevor Mayes says:

    Hey Chris, I think you’ve summed that up quite nicely.

    Some will be successes. Some won’t be. But either way, if it offers one more way to break into Hollywood, it’s a good thing, right?

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