Henry Jackman is composing the score for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels. The film is directed by Chris Columbus and stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Brian Cox and Ashley Benson. The movie centers on aliens misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, leading to an attack on Earth. Tim Herlihy (The Wedding Ringer, Bedtime Stories) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models, Just Go With It) have written the screenplay based on a story by Herlihy. Sandler & Allen Covert are producing the project for Happy Madison, along with Columbus, Michael Barnathan (The Help, Night at the Museum) and Mark Radcliffe (Harry Potter series, Mrs. Doubtfire) for 1492 Pictures. Columbus has previously collaborated with such composers as John Williams (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), James Horner (Bicentennial Man), Hans Zimmer (Nine Months), Howard Shore (Mrs. Doubtfire) and Christophe Beck (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Pixels is set to be released on July 24, 2015 by Sony Pictures.
Also coming up for Jackman is Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Marvel’s sequel Captain America: Civil War. The composer of such films as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It-Ralph and Big Hero 6 has also recently scored the Amazon Studios pilot The Man in the High Castle with Dominic Lewis. The show stars Alexa Davalos), Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell & DJ Qualls and explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. David Semel has directed the pilot episode, which is written by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). The project based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel is executive produced by Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Stewart Mackinnon, Semel, Spotnitz, Christian Baut and Christopher Tricarico. Visit Amazon to stream the pilot.