I love underdog stories: ‘Pixels’ director Chris Columbus

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Published: July 29, 2015 6:04:16 AM

Director Chris Columbus, the man behind popular hits like 'Goonies', 'Home Alone' and 'Mrs Doubtfire', has taken Hollywood's pet theme of 'saving the world' and infused it with comedy in 'Pixels' where a bunch of losers are fighting an alien attack.

Director Chris Columbus, the man behind popular hits like “Goonies”, “Home Alone” and “Mrs Doubtfire”, has taken Hollywood’s pet theme of “saving the world” and infused it with comedy in “Pixels” where a bunch of losers are fighting an alien attack.

Columbus said he was intrigued with the unique concept of the movie, which revolves around former arcade games champions who get a chance to save the world when aliens misinterpret video games footage that NASA sent them and attack the Earth using these games as their model.

“The fact that military is useless against these invaders and the US President needs these losers to help save the planet, was intriguing. I find that kind of underdog story, particularly told on a grand scale, fascinating,” Columbus said.

Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan star in the Columbia Pictures’ movie, which releases this Friday.

The director met Sandler, who is one of the producers on the project, for another movie but they ended up collaborating on this movie.

“I was intrigued by the original concept in the summer of superhero movies. I wanted to work with these characters and create these visuals which people have not seen before. It took two years to get this made the right way,” he said.

When asked about Hollywood’s superhero obsession, Columbus agreed that is is difficult to make original movies.

“Everything is a trend. There is going to be a time when we oversaturate the audience with superhero films. At some point, people are going to lose their love for that and find something else.

“People who spent USD 200 million on a movie, want to feel comfortable about it. The word Batman makes them feel comfortable, the word Spiderman is soothing. They know it is instantly recognisable,” Columbus told PTI at the recent Summer of Sony press event in Cancun, Mexico.

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