There are three inevitable realities we all have to deal with in life: death, taxes and Hollywood making movies out things that are just not suited to the big-screen. Lego is just one brick in a wall (see what I did there?) of “WTF” movie ideas based on toy and board games: movies based on Monopoly, Candyland, Battleship and even View-Master (seriously) are also on the way.
Focusing specifically on the Lego movie, we already know that it will be a mix of live-action and computer animation; attempting to make some sort of script out of the construction toy are writers Dan and Kevin Hageman (both newcomers).
Now it’s being reported by Heat Vision Blog that one of the most important bricks has fallen into place – who will direct the Lego movie. Instead of finding a newcomer director to match the writers, Warner Bros. has chosen Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed (and wrote) the 2009 animated movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The pair are also directing the upcoming 21 Jump Street movie. They are currently in final negotiations to direct the Lego movie after impressing both WB and LEGO execs.
Lord and Miller prepared a presentation and once they impressed WB with it, they flew out to Bricks by the Bay (a LEGO convention) and made the same presentation to the folks at LEGO (who have a hand in the development process of the movie and are very protective of their brand). Neither WB nor LEGO were sure at first whether they wanted to go with straight live-action or computer animation, but Lord and Miller came up with something which combined the two (plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being).
Needless to say, both WB and LEGO were impressed with the directing duo’s idea or else they wouldn’t be in negotiations to direct the adaptation. However, it wasn’t just their presentation that impressed the big guys but the fact that they already have a successful family animated movie under their belt. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs grossed a solid $243 million worldwide and received some great praise (86% on Rotten Tomatoes), even being nominated for various awards (including the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature).
Another thing that probably factored into Lord and Miller being chosen for the Lego movie is that Meatballs was based on a short 32-page book. As producer Dan Lin pointed out when he talked about the plans for the Lego movie last December – the LEGO toy doesn’t have any real characters but rather it’s whatever you make of it. That said, WB/LEGO were obviously impressed with how Lord and Miller took the Meatballs book and fleshed it out into a full-length movie.
As I say about most of these toy and board game-based movies, I don’t really see how they’re going to successfully adapt a toy that consists of a bunch of bricks you make stuff out of for the big-screen. They’ll likely go the route of all the different themes there’ve been in the various LEGO toy lines (pirates, astronauts, cowboys etc.) but even then it seems like a stretch to me.
What do you think of the directors that have been chosen to adapt LEGO into a movie? What sort of story do you think the movie will have? We’d love to hear your creative ideas in the comments below.
Source: Heat Vision Blog