Producer Dan Lin Talks LEGO: PIECE OF RESISTANCE; Says Lego is Building Some of the Models for the Movie

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With Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball and 21 Jump Street, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have become two of my favorite filmmakers.  Their comic sensibilities fall in line with my own, so I’m ecstatic that they’re handling the Lego movie, Lego: Piece of Resistance.  Like many people, I played with Lego as a kid, and I want to see the property treated right.

Steve recently spoke with producer Dan Lin for the upcoming release of the crime drama Gangster Squad, and Lin also talked about Lego, how the animation is coming, the development process, and wrangling other IPs into the movie.  Hit the jump for what Lin had to say.

dan-linAs we previously reported, the characters will have excellent names like “President Business” (voiced by Will Ferrell) and “Bad Cop” (voiced by Liam Neeson).  Lin explained how Miller and Lord have approached the project:

“You mention different characters names, that truly comes out of Lord and Miller movie.  If you know their work; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, they are funny guys, they are quirky guys.  This is very specific to their tone and they’ve created a whole new set of original characters that no one’s seen before.”

Lin also talked about how Piece of Resistance was made with the fans of Lego very much in mind:

“The vision that Lord and Miller had for the movie was that anything you see in the movie can be actually built out of Lego bricks.  And with Lego they know their core audience so well that they’re really helping to educate us about their core audience and what they like and what they may have

issues with.”

Another cool thing Lin revealed is that Lego is also building stuff for the movie:

They’ve been really a great partner in the process.  For instance, they’re building some of the models for our movie.  I just got back from Australia and they built a pirate ship that we have in the movie and they really have helped us design the characters.

brie-larsen-phil-lord-chris-miller-21-jump-streetWe also previously reported that the 21 Jump Street sequel is on track for a fall 2013 start date.  While it may seem like a bit of a crunch for Lord and Miller to go from directing a big animated movie to directing another picture, Lin mentioned how they’ll be done with the major work in February:

“Yeah, we’ll work on it intensely until February, Lord and Miller are; they’re re-writing the script, working with artists on this animatic and hopefully in February the plan is to send this animatic to Australia and they’ll have less day-to-day involvement and free themselves up for other projects.”

Read the full transcript of the portion of Steve’s interview with Lin regarding Lego: Piece of Resistance below, and look for the full interview closer to the release of Gangster Squad.

Something else I’m incredibly excited for is the Lego movie and I especially love that some of the characters names are President Business, Bad Cop; these names are amazing.  Are you guys filming that yet?

Dan Lin: We are; we are in production.  I actually just got back from Sydney.  I spent two weeks out there with [Phil] Lord and [Chris] Miller, the writer/directors of the movie.  Right after the holidays we will be recording more voices.  We’ve been all the actors’ voices right now to put in an animatic of the movie, then in February we send this animatic from Santa Monica where we’re doing that work to Australia.  We’re really excited about it.  You mention different characters names, that truly comes out of Lord and Miller movie.  If you know their work; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, they are funny guys, they are quirky guys.  This is very specific to their tone and they’ve created a whole new set of original characters that no one’s seen before.

lego-minifigsThey are 2:2 for movies with me and I think 21 Jump Street is one of the best movies this year and I really mean that, like I love that movie.  With Lego you’re dealing with this huge corporation which that obviously is very important, how much are you guys able to go for it and how much do you make sure Lego is happy?

Lin: They’ve been really a great partner in the process.  For instance, they’re building some of the models for our movie.  I just got back from Australia and they built a pirate ship that we have in the movie and they really have helped us design the characters.  So we really are able to go for it in that they allow us the best way to approach the movie in that it is truly a Lego built movie.  The vision that Lord and Miller had for the movie was that anything you see in the movie can be actually built out of Lego bricks.  And with Lego they know their core audience so well that they’re really helping to educate us about their core audience and what they like and what they may have issues with.

jonah-hill-channing-tatum-21-jump-streetI’m looking forward to the 21 jump street sequel, I’m curious how is the production process on Lego, because I know they’re supposedly filming the sequel in September, is it one of those things where you guys are working on it intensely for eight months and then it’s up to the animators?

Lin: Yeah, we’ll work on it intensely until February, Lord and Miller are; they’re re-writing the script, working with artists on this animatic and hopefully in February the plan is to send this animatic to Australia and they’ll have less day-to-day involvement and free themselves up for other projects.

Of course the other thing is Warner Brothers has so many IPs and I know that’s it’s already been rumored that Batman’s in the movie, and Chris and Phil have sort of said to me that there’s going to be fun characters.  Is it one of these things where you’re actively going after other IPs to make sure they can be in the movie, like Harry Potter or Superheroes, do you know what I mean?

Lin: Yeah, I don’t want to comment too much because I really want the audience to be surprised when they see the movie, but just know that the beauty of the Lego movie is that you can go to different worlds can collide in different ways that you can’t do in other movies.

Look for our full interview with Dan Lin soon.  If you missed what he told us about Sherlock Holmes 3, click here.

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