Chris Columbus , director of upcoming video game comedy Pixels, has revealed how Spider-Man influenced him as a child and caused him to pursue a career in film.
“I was always obsessed with Spider-Man,” Columbus told ComicBook.com. “Spider-Man is probably the reason I got into film-making because I grew up as a kid obsessed with Marvel comics.”
“Steve Ditko and John Romita were my favorite artists of all time,” Columbus continued. “I spent eight hours a day in my basement during the summer time, I would draw comics all the time. I would draw Spider-Man comics.
"The one that really changed my life… It might be issue 39 (below), which is iconic, where the Green Goblin is flying through the air and he’s got Spider-Man behind him on his little hover craft thing and Peter Parker’s face is exposed. I was stunned when I saw that cover. I remember seeing it for the first time. It was just the coolest comic book cover I had ever seen.”
Columbus is best known for directing the first two ‘Harry Potter’ movies and 90s classics 'Home Alone’ and 'Mrs Doubtfire’. 'Pixels’ is his next feature, a comedy about an alien invasion which takes on the form of iconic video game characters.
He goes on to say that, like many others, Columbus once wanted to work for Marvel in New York, but that changed after he starting making movies. “I thought, 'Well, I don’t really want to sit by myself alone in a room all day, I want to work with people.’”
Columbus briefly flirted with a comic book movie in the form of 2005’s 'Fantastic Four’, which he wasn’t involved with for very long. “There was some conceptual art, I may have said something like, 'We can maybe try and make the production design a little more Jack Kirby-eque?’ That was probably the comment that got me canned.”
'Pixels’ stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James. It is set for release in the UK on 12 August.
Picture Credits: Sony Pictures / Marvel Comics / Movie Bloopers & Making of.