Warner Bros. to Produce One “High-End” Animated Film Per Year; Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller Among Filmmakers Developing Projects

     January 7, 2013


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.

Per Variety, the first feature project to come out of this group is Lego: Piece of Resistance, written and directed by Lord and Miller, set for release on February 7, 2014.  The 2015 pic is called Storks, being written by Stoller and to be directed by Doug Sweetland (Pixar’s short Presto), while 2016 will see the release of Smallfoot, which is being written by Requa and Ficarra based on an original idea by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me).  Pablos will direct.

The animation world has seen considerable growth in the past few years, with Sony Pictures Animation, the stop-motion studio Laika, and more becoming formidable rivals for heavyweights Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks Animation.  Here’s hoping Warner Bros. becomes a worthy addition to the animation world.


  • Thomas

    Can anyone explain to me what is a “high-end” film? I do not understand it…

    • Alan B

      It seems like think they mean animations by directors who’ve made live-action films. So, apparently, something like that Guardians/Snyder film would be considered “high-end”.

  • Ron

    I’d just like to point out that this is Warner brothers you are talking about. They may not have been in the business of making animated features for the last decade and a half, but they have nearly as long a history in animation as Disney.

  • mike jevons

    warners is at it again. rather than starting a cohesive division with a competent head, they will scatter the projects just like dc. they will never learn. all about executive land grab accept no one competent seems to be working there. green lantern anyone?.

    • Josh

      So you’re going to ignore the billions of dollars they’ve made over the last ten years because one movie bombed? Lmao, fucking idiot.

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