Less than a week after the announcement that MGM would be adapting Where’s Waldo?, Variety informs us of Warner Bros. greenlighting a Lego movie for a 2014 release. Yes, Lego — those toys you played with at a young age, only before learning that there were far more entertaining options available. Indicative of its eventual adaptation, no?
This story (initially) felt like a new development to me, but it turns out this has been in some stage for a little while, as Cloudy with a Chance of Metaballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired by the studio to helm the project less than 15 months ago. The Variety story isn’t entirely clear, but it appears that the two are still involved; Robot Chicken‘s Chris McKay is also coming on as (co) co-director. Nothing against him, but the participation of the 21 Jump Street helmers is, far as I’m concerned, the only promising aspect of this budding project.
Australian effects group Animal Logic will be handling the effects that are “expected to comprise 80%” of the final film. But it isn’t an animated feature — Variety says that live-action characters will be leading the story. (The current description is “action-adventure set in the Lego world.”) Human emotion, however, might be out of the picture.
What are your thoughts on a Lego movie? Could this work?
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
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