"Pixels," an upcoming action-comedy starring
The summer tentpole will also star frequent Sandler collaborator
Based on the short film by Patrick Jean, "Pixels" centers on an invasion of Earth by aliens who have misinterpreted video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, then used the games as models for their various assaults.
James plays the U.S. president, who calls on his childhood best friend (Sandler), an '80s video-game champ turned home theater installer, to lead a team of fellow 8-bit aces and save the planet.
Sandler and Columbus will also produce the movie via their respective Happy Madison and 1492 Pictures production companies, along with
Sandler has starred in 14 films that have grossed more than $100 million, most recently last year's