Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Zack Snyder Defends 'Man Of Steel' Finale, Ben Affleck Reveals Bruce Wayne Knew People Who Died In That Battle Zack Snyder Defends 'Man Of Steel' Finale, Ben Affleck Reveals Bruce Wayne Knew People Who Died In That Battle New Book Contends Eric Stoltz Was “Difficult” & The Cast Wasn’t Shocked He Was Replaced On ‘Back To The Future’ New Book Contends Eric Stoltz Was “Difficult” & The Cast Wasn’t Shocked He Was Replaced On ‘Back To The Future’ Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer Watch: Scott Lang Wants To Call The Avengers In New International 'Ant-Man' Trailer Zack Snyder Reveals The Easter Egg Idea He Pitched Christopher Nolan And David Goyer For 'Man Of Steel' Zack Snyder Reveals The Easter Egg Idea He Pitched Christopher Nolan And David Goyer For 'Man Of Steel' New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet New Images Of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, More In 'Batman v. Superman,' Ben Affleck Compares Batman To Hamlet Mads Mikkelsen And Hugh Dancy Released From Their 'Hannibal' Contracts Mads Mikkelsen And Hugh Dancy Released From Their 'Hannibal' Contracts Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr. Tom Cruise Still Gearing Up For 'Top Gun 2,' Story Will Involve Drone Warfare Tom Cruise Still Gearing Up For 'Top Gun 2,' Story Will Involve Drone Warfare Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney & Jason Clarke 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

'21 Jump Street' Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller Reveal The Tagline They're Pitching For The 'Lego' Movie

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist March 13, 2012 at 10:02AM

While talking with "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller about their upcoming (and, it should be noted, totally wonderful) adaptation of the beloved 1980s television series (and we'll have their thoughts and insights on that soon), we had to ask them about their future projects, including their new animated "Lego" film. It was announced last fall they would be taking on the green-lit movie at Warner Bros., with "Robot Chicken" helmer Chris McKay joining them as well, and they confirmed the live action/animated hybrid is next.
0
Phil Lord Chris Miller Lego

While talking with "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller about their upcoming (and, it should be noted, totally wonderful) adaptation of the beloved 1980s television series (and we'll have their thoughts and insights on that soon), we had to ask them about their future projects, including their new animated "Lego" film. It was announced last fall they would be taking on the green-lit movie at Warner Bros., with "Robot Chicken" helmer Chris McKay joining them as well, and they confirmed the live action/animated hybrid is next.

"Our next project is animated," Lord said. "And we're looking for another live action movie. So who knows. Maybe a lot of people will want to see 'Jump Street' and we'll embark on our seven-film saga." But it seems people are literally breaking down doors to get these guys to work on their films.

While we were chatting with the duo, Neal H. Moritz, the producer of such bombastic action extravaganzas as "Torque," "S.W.A.T." and all of the "Fast and Furious" movies (and one of "21 Jump Street's" producers) made his way into the hotel room and whispered something about wanting to talk to Lord and Miller about an upcoming project. But that certainly would have nothing to do with a "21 Jump Street" sequel, right? "We certainly had tons of fun on the first one," Phil coyly remarked, before trailing off.

For the upcoming "Lego" movie, the duo will be working with Warner Bros. and Animal Logic, the animation studio behind "Happy Feet" and Zack Snyder's animated owl fantasy "Legend of the Guardians." It's been previously reported that while the film will be computer animated it will have the purposefully hand-crafted feel of stop motion animation. "It's the craziest, wildest action movie that we've done to this date," Chris Miller said. He then added: "But of course it's all on Lego-scale, so it's tiny." As for Lord, he even has a slogan lined up saying, "The tagline we keep pitching is 'The Smallest Movie Of The Summer.'"

And for the duo, they will continue to try and juggle live action and animated movies simultaneously. "That's the plan," Lord said. "We're working on 'Lego' with this guy Chris McKay from 'Robot Chicken' and his background is as an editor so he's cutting the animatic [animated storyboards] really fast...Then this summer he moves to Australia [where Animal Logic is based] and we stay here and watch dailies everyday for the next couple of years."

Chris Miller then elaborated on their strategy: "The plan is that after the summer, once we've got the story more locked and the designs more complete, then the crew that's here in Santa Monica moves to Australia and we stay behind and hopefully we will have enough bandwidth to prep a live action movie while spending a lot of time, everyday, noodling…" Miller then summed up their next few years succinctly (with a good natured chuckle): "We're not going to be sleeping."

The filmmakers noted that Gore Verbinski tried this when he started working on "Rango," but then got sucked into the animation process. They freely admit that this could be the case with them, too. But they find inspiration in another big filmmaker that seems to be able to balance the two worlds. "It's going to be tough. People warn us," Miller said. "But Tim Burton does it okay!"

Look for more from our interview with Miller and Lord this week. "Lego" is slated to hit theaters in 2014.

This article is related to: Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates