LEGO movie moving forward

Last year we heard that Warner Bros. had hired Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, to direct a live action/animation hybrid LEGO film.

Now enough building blocks appear to be in place, as the studio has set a 2014 release for the movie.

From Variety:

Studio’ has tapped Oz vfx-toon house Animal Logic for animation, which is expected to comprise 80% of “Lego.” And the film has been approved for an incentive from the Australian government and one from the state of New South Wales.

Officials from the New South Wales state are expected to unveil details of the “Lego” movie at a Sydney news conference next week, coinciding with the start of production.

Warners recently brought on Chris McKay, director of Adult Swim’s stop-motion animation/comedy “Robot Chicken,” to serve as co-director on “Lego” under Lord and Miller.

Plot details for Lego remain under wraps (sorry if the image above is misleading), but the movie is said to be “an action-adventure set in the Lego world” and casting for the live-action characters will begin in January.

Warner Bros. and LEGO have combined forces a few times over recent years, making numerous toys and videogames based on Batman and Harry Potter. However, with the movie the LEGO brand will get a chance to shine by itself, and last year’s LEGO Universe game showed the possibilities are pretty much endless.