By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2014 at 12:31PM
Apparently Lego is a hot property in both narrative and non-fiction filmmaking. RADiUS has clicked together worldwide rights for the first official, feature-length doc about the world of the Lego brick, “Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.”
Oscar winner Daniel Junge (“Saving Face”) and Oscar nominee Kief Davidson's (“Open Heart”) helmed the film, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Jason Bateman is the narrator.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” BEYOND THE BRICK: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.
Per RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, "We've been looking for a film that families can enjoy together, and BEYOND THE BRICK surpasses all of those expectations.” And it’s following on the plastic heels of mega-hit “The Lego Movie” (currently at a $255 million domestic haul, $462 million worldwide), which doesn’t hurt.