Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s new film The LEGO Movie. The story centers on Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary person in the LEGO world and is looked upon to save his people from an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell). This trailer had me laughing out loud multiple times, which is no surprise when you consider that it comes from the hilariously twisted minds of Lord and Miller, the duo behind 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Pratt feels like pitch perfect casting as the film’s optimistic hero, and this trailer highlights some excellent use of LEGO’s more recognizable IP’s like Batman and Wonder Woman. Is it February yet?
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.
The LEGO Movie is one of my most-anticipated films of 2014 because I’m pretty much on board with anything directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to do since I adore their first two movies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. For The LEGO Movie, the plot focuses on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world. Naturally, Emmet is not only completely inept, there’s nothing special about him. “We like the challenge of a story around the most generic, forgettable man in the universe,” says Lord.
Hit the jump for new images from the film and to learn more about the characters. Click here for Steve’s interview with Lord and Miller from Comic-Con. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arentt, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Will Ferrell. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.
Without a doubt, one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 is The Lego Movie. The reason? Phil Lord and Chris Miller. As the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller have shown they’re extremely talented filmmakers that also know comedy. And based on the trailer for The Lego Movie, I’m confident they’ve knocked it out of the park.
Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an extended video interview with Lord, Miller, and Chris McKay (who is co-directing with them). They talked about their take on the movie, how much creative freedom they have, collaborating with LEGO, what the film’s about, which IP characters they were able to get, the animation process for a hybrid of CG and stop-motion animated LEGO figures, new LEGO sets, the character names, and so much more. If you’re also looking forward to The Lego Movie, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview. Hit the jump to watch.
Hands-down of the most entertaining movies of the last few years is directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy 21 Jump Street. The film perfectly showcased the goofy sensibilities of Lord and Miller while also showcasing the fantastic chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. As such, it came as welcome news that Sony was moving forward with a sequel to Jump Street with Hill and Tatum reprising their roles. We learned a few months ago that the story will be taking place in college and that Ice Cube is returning, but at that point Lord and Miller were only attached to direct and hadn’t yet officially signed on.
Steve recently caught up with Lord and Miller at Comic-Con in anticipation of the release of The LEGO Movie, and the duo confirmed that they only just officially signed on to direct 22 Jump Street a month ago because they were having trouble cracking the story. The two discussed how they stumbled upon an interesting way to approach 22 Jump Street by continuing the “marriage” of the lead characters, their research into comedy sequels as prep for the follow-up, an “expanded role” for Ice Cube this time around, and revealed the very funny reasoning behind the film’s title. Hit the jump for much, much more.
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Chris McKay spoke to the press about The LEGO Movie, their exciting new 3D computer-animated feature. The story follows the adventures of Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. The animated comedy features a terrific voice cast that also includes Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day.
During the interview, they talked about how they adapted the idea, why they wanted the film to feel like a real LEGO set coming to life, how the process was very organic and improvisational and all about having fun and seeing how crazy they could make it, how they assembled the amazing cast, their collaboration with Warner Bros. and other animators, the talent behind some of the DC superheroes that appear in the film, how they created the LEGO look of the film and the LEGO-ness of the characters, their stop-motion method, how they decided which LEGO characters to use, and their personal LEGO favorites.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a knack for delightfully goofy and fun storytelling with their previous films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, and early next year they return to the world of animation with The LEGO Movie. The first trailer was greeted to a positive reception, and Lord and Miller took the stage in Hall H at Comic-Con earlier today to talk about the film and show off some more footage. They revealed that Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders have joined the voice cast as DC superheroes, talked about blending CG and stop-motion, how they got LEGO to sign off on the film, and more.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for The LEGO movie.
Even though they’ve only done two films, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have become two of my favorite directors working today. They took the tough-to-adapt properties Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street and turned them into brilliant comedies. They also created Mr. Butlertron in their short-lived MTV show, Clone High, so points for that as well (WESLEEEEY). The duo is currently at work on the upcoming animated The LEGO Movie (which looks great), and then they’ll moving onto the 21 Jump Street sequel, 22 Jump Street. Now they have another project in the works.
According to Variety, Lord and Miller will produce The Reunion, a comedy for Sony with Miller directing from his own script. Details of the story are being kept under wraps, but it will take place during a high school reunion. Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon, but 22 Jump Street is going to be the priority for now since it’s scheduled to go in front of cameras this fall for a June 13, 2014 release.
After the first teaser trailer for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming animated film The LEGO Movie was met with a wildly positive response last week, Warner Bros. is already looking to move forward with another LEGO toy adaptation: Ninjago. Heat Vision reports that the studio is developing a feature film adaptation of the Eastern-infused, ninja themed LEGO toy line Ninjago. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, who received a “story by” credit on The Lego Movie and also wrote Hotel Transylvania, will pen the screenplay for Ninjago. The two have already written a Ninjago TV series for Cartoon Network called Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, so they have experience in the Ninjago world.
This is in keeping with Warner Bros.’ new strategy of releasing one “high-end” animated film per year, as they have been developing a number of propertieis with talented filmmakers like Lord/Miller and Nicholas Stoller. Lord and Miller will act as producers on Ninjago alongside Dan Lin and Roy Lee, and the project is reportedly close to landing a director.
Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer and poster for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s new film The LEGO Movie. The story centers on Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary person in the LEGO world and is looked upon to save his people from an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell). The animation style is quite interesting, as it quite literally looks like a movie made out of LEGOs. The trademark goofy comedy of writers/directors Lord and Miller that they so expertly displayed in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street is here in spades, as there are some excellent gags with regards to the numerous kinds of LEGO minifigs in existence. We also get brief glimpses of Will Arnett‘s Batman and Morgan Freeman as a God-like character (what else?), and there are sure to be plenty more recognizable folks along the way. Count this firmly among one of my most anticipated films of 2014.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. Click here for the international trailer.
Sony has set release dates for a few of its big comedy titles hitting theaters next year:
- 21 Jump Street 2 – The highly-anticipated comedy sequel will hit theaters on June 6, 2014, where it will open opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for a story that sees the characters infiltrating a college campus. For much more info on the sequel, click here.
- Think Like a Man Too – The sequel to the relationship comedy based on the book by Steve Harvey will open in theaters on June 20, 2014 opposite How to Train Your Dragon 2.
- Sex Tape – Director Jake Kasdan’s (Walk Hard) comedy will open on July 2, 2014 opposite Disney’s Maleficent. The film stars Jason Segel and possibly Cameron Diaz as a couple who set out to find their sex tape that has mysteriously disappeared.
One of the most pleasant surprises of 2012 was Sony’s 21 Jump Street adaptation. While remakes and reboots are usually developed with an eye towards appealing to the widest possible audience, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller crafted a wonderfully peculiar and hilarious comedy that benefitted from some excellent chemistry between stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. As the R-rated film grossed over $200 million worldwide, both fans and Sony were keen on moving forward with a sequel. Screenwriter Michael Bacall has been working on the script for the follow-up alongside Hill, and Sony recently announced that they’re planning the film for a 2014 release.
Steve recently sat down for a lengthy interview with producer Neal Moritz, and during their wide-ranging conversation Moritz talked quite a bit about 21 Jump Street 2. He confirmed that the story finds Tatum and Hill infiltrating a college campus, Ice Cube is set to return as Captain Dickson, and he also noted that Lord and Miller are attached to direct with an eye towards a summer 2014 release date. Hit the jump to read on.
Undoubtedly one of my most anticipated films of 2014 is The Lego Movie. The animated film comes from writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) and features a fantastic ensemble voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Morgan Freeman. Today, Warner Bros. has unveiled the first logo for the film along with the announcement of a neat-sounding contest that gives fans the opportunity to have some of their own work appear in the film. Hit the jump for more and to get a good look at the logo.
Warner Bros. is keen on ramping up its animated features division. The studio is forming a creative consortium “that’s aimed at delivering one ‘high-end’ film per year.” Said consortium includes John Requa and Glen Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love., Cats & Dogs), Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins). Apparently the filmmakers will work both individually and collectively in order to generate animated fare, but they’ll also continue to write and direct live-action films. Hit the jump for the details on what kinds of films are in development.
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.
The voice cast for Warner Bros.’ Lego: Piece of Resistance is growing. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), the 3D film takes place in a world made of Legos and centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an “instruction worker” who is mistaken for the Master Builder. The Lego crew then embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan Freeman are all onboard, and now Deadline reports that Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie are joining the top-notch voice cast.
Ferrell will play the film’s antagonist, President Business (brilliant), with Neeson onboard as his henchman, Bad Cop (also brilliant). Offerman will play “a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business” while Brie is set as a member of Emmet’s team who harbors a powerful secret. Lego: Piece of Resistance opens on February 7th, 2014.