Green screen. Green screen everywhere
This new trailer introduces you to the more of the band of classic game champions who must join forces to defeat this suspiciously specific alien invasion.
It's also the first time I've realized that the Peter Dinklage character is completely based off of King of Kong's Billy Mitchell.
Dinklage even plays the Donkey Kong champion in PIXELS. So, much like the rest of the movie, it's pretty on the nose.
Given that the last decade of summer blockbusters have mostly aimed right at the nostalgic feels, PIXELS seems like just another in a long run of cynical executive decision making. Let's hope it's more fun than that.
We haven't seen a Del Toro directed movie since 2013's fantastic Pacific Rim, so you'd better believe the world is ready for a return to his particular brand of horror.
He told Deadline Hollywood that he wanted this film to feel like a "throwback" in an attempt to get away from the found-footage/B-movie horror that has grown en vogue over the past decade or so. And that's just what this movie appears to show.
Hollywood seems to have entirely dried up the well on fresh ideas, so much so that the 1999 scifi classic Galaxy Quest is being adapted into a TV series. There are no details about the cast or plot yet, but the film version's writer, director, and producer are all on board for the series, so there's hope! But if they can't get Alan Rickman to reprise his role? Why bother?