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.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are powering up their Lego feature film with the addition of Batman and Superman. The film, now titled Lego: The Piece of Resistance, stars Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as Emmet, an “instruction worker” in the Lego world who has zero creative skills and can only build from the provided manual. When he is mistakenly identified as a legendary MasterBuilder, Emmet reluctantly embarks on a quest to prevent an evil tyrant from gluing the world together. Lego: The Piece of Resistance, itself an 80/20 blend of Lego-animation and live-action, also features Robot Chicken director Chris McKay as a co-director under Lord and Miller. Hit the jump for more on the project, including who will voice the Lego superheroes.
One of the funniest movies of 2012 so far has been the pleasantly surprising 21 Jump Street. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) brought their goofy humor to this feature film iteration of the popular TV series that was buoyed by some terrific comedic performances from Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. For their next project, Lord and Miller have been hard at work on a feature-length LEGO movie. Though plot details are scarce, we know that the film will incorporate some of the most popular LEGO characters while introducing some new ones, and it centers on a young hero who must save the LEGO world from destruction.
Warner Bros. announced today that they have set the film for a February 28th, 2014 release and they have confirmed that it will be in 3D. Hit the jump for more, including what competition the pic will face on that date.
21 Jump Street is going to surprise you. Not only is it one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time, it’s got some great action and awesome performances from all involved. If you had told me that the pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would be comedy gold, I would have never believed you. But it is. Also, another big surprise was Ice Cube. I’ve seen the film twice and both times he brings the house down with his almost everything he says. Trust me, you want to see 21 Jump Street and I’d advise seeing it with a crowded theater. It’s a blast. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review, Brendan’s set visit, a five-minute red band clip, and all our coverage on directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s awesome movie.
Last week I got to speak with Lord and Miller in New York City about their movie. During the interview we talked about how everyone loves the film, when they first knew that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would be so good together, deleted scenes, extended cuts, what will be on the Blu-ray (20 deleted scenes and 45 minutes of jokes!) what’s up with their Lego movie, and their favorite movies, actors and directors. Hit the jump for more.
In all honestly, I think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of the most entertaining movies of the past few years. I was taken aback by how goofy, funny, and lovable the whole film was, and a great deal of credit goes to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo recently made their live-action debut on the much buzzed-about comedy 21 Jump Street, and they’re set to next tackle a feature film version of everyone’s favorite construction toy, Lego. Warner Bros. greenlighted the project back in November with Lord, Miller, and Robot Chicken helmer Chris McKay set to direct. The film will apparently be an action-adventure animation/live-action hybrid with about 80% comprised of animation.
Steve got the chance to speak with Lord and Miller at the press junket for 21 Jump Street in New York City today, and the duo gave a brief update on where they’re at with Lego and what the development process has been like. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
Last year, we reported that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were working on a movie based on everyone’s favorite construction toy, Lego. While most scoffed at Hasbro’s plan to make movies out of games like Ouija and Candy Land, the notion of a Lego movie isn’t all that terrible. Add in the fact that Lord and Miller, whose Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is an incredibly hilarious/sweet work of animation goodness, and Lego actually sounds pretty appealing. Well now the film has officially been given the go-ahead, and is on track for a 2014 release. Hit the jump for more.
Last week we reported the guys who directed the wonderful Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Phil Lord and Chris Miller) were attached to write and direct the Lego movie at Warner Bros. Since the original report had very little information about how they planned on bringing Lego to life, I used some connections to get Phil Lord on the phone for an exclusive interview. Since he’s also hard at work developing the 21 Jump Street movie at Sony, he also gave me an update on that project and what’s the status of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel. Here’s some highlights:
21 Jump Street
- Plan is to shoot at the beginning of the year
- Script is being written by Michael Bacall with Neal Moritz producing
- Confirms it’s a big live-action R-rated movie
- Talked about going to the Santa Monica High School Promo recently to do research for the film
- Says it’s 2D and the movie “winds up becoming this really sweet coming of age story except the guys that are coming of age are in their early 20’s instead of 17 and 18.”
- They’re still casting who will play the other cop alongside Jonah Hill
- They’re watching a ton of action movies right now in preparation for the movie
- Not sure who is shooting the movie (Director of Photography)
- They don’t know who is doing the music yet
- They’re working on a treatment with a writer who Lord says is, “way smarter and funnier than us.”
Hit the jump for all the Lego info and the full interview:
I’m not against a movie based on Lego, especially if it’s being helmed by the guys who directed the wonderful Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Heat Vision reports that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in final negotiations to write and direct the Lego movie. HV also says, “The plot is being kept under wraps, but it will be an adventure in the Lego world mixing live action and animation.” Warner Bros. and Lego weren’t sure which way they wanted to go and Lord and Miller were able to sell both companies on a pitch that included both.
Lord and Miller may have had a strong presentation for their take on a Lego movie, but the $243 million worldwide Cloudy grabbed at the box office coupled with strong critical praise that film received also factored into WB and Lego’s decision. The directors are currently working on a big-screen adaptation of the TV series 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill. The plan is to follow that up with the Lego movie.