I know what you’re thinking – “another toy movie? Come on!” But before you judge this one, hear me out. I’m right there with you, rolling my eyes at the real-life development of a Magic 8-Ball movie and a View-Master film, but I think there’s real hope for this one. Warner Bros. is in final talks with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, to direct a live action/animation hybrid LEGO film.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story, and they say Lord and Miller had to run an impressive gauntlet of both WB and LEGO executives before they could secure the gig. The pair presented a pitch for the two groups and won them over, going so far as to attend a LEGO convention in Fremont, California to convince the LEGO power players that they were right for the job.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favorite animated films of all time, and trust me – it took me a while to get around to seeing it. If you haven’t seen it, I implore you to check it out. If you’ve seen it, perhaps you share my excitement and optimism that Lord and Miller – who are also in talks to write the LEGO flick – have a chance to handle a film with a bit larger scale. The plot is being kept under wraps, but I’m guessing it’ll be infused with Lord and Miller’s very funny brand of humor and hoping it plays as well for adults as it surely will for kids.
The pair are developing the 21 Jump Street movie for Columbia, but hope to move into the building block LEGO world after completing work on Jump Street.
Fans and haters, sound off in the comments: is there hope for a LEGO movie with Lord and Miller attached?