Lego is the biggest, most successful toy company in the world. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a decade ago, the company was in danger of failing. New leadership had to redirect and refocus the brand before it began to soar. Then, with last year’s release of The Lego Movie, Lego was brought to the mainstream in a way it never had been before.
Before that even happened, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge were on the ground floor. They were documenting the world of Lego for a film now called A Lego Brickumentary (It was formerly called Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.) The film hit the festival circuit last year but is now set for nationwide release, both in theaters and online, on July 31. The first trailer for the film, which is narrated by Jason Bateman, is now online and it’s a must watch not only for fans of Lego, but people who just don’t get the appeal, which is surely lots of you. Read More »
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You’re going to get a new Batman movie in the first part of the year for the next two years. Of course, we know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming on March 25, 2016. Now, you’ll be able to see the still-untitled Lego Batman movie on February 10, 2017.
The news is part of a release date blast for a bunch of upcoming Lego movies including Ninjago, which has been bumped back to September 22, 2017, and The Lego Movie Sequel, which has moved up a week to May 18, 2018. Read more about the Lego Batman movie release date below. Read More »
Warner Bros. is Lego crazy. The studio did so well with The Lego Movie that a sequel has been set, and that film’s version of Batman is being spun off into his own movie. Plus there’s the Lego Ninjago movie already set for release in 2016. Now Warners is developing yet another Lego spin-off movie, called Billion Brick Race.
We don’t know the plot of the film, but it sounds like a Lego version of The Cannonball Run, or of The Amazing Race. But we do know that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce will write and co-direct it. Read More »
One of the original conceits behind Star Wars was that the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 were the characters that tied everything together, and through whose “eyes” the stories were told. That’s not quite how it worked out, because the human characters turned out to be a lot more interesting. But the droids were always around, and now they’ll really take center stage in a Disney XD series called Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. Yeah, that’s a Lego Star Wars series, conceived as a limited animated show with five 22-minute episodes that will air later in 2015.
The idea here is interesting: Droid Tales will re-tell the stories of the first six Star Wars films, this time directly through the voices of C-3PO and R2-D2. That’s all part of a new story, which will be the first official post-Return of the Jedi tale in the newly defined canon continuity before The Force Awakens opens in December. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Battleship has already been turned into a big-screen feature, as has Ouija. Adaptations of Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering are currently in the works. And now Settlers of Catan could be the next tabletop game to get the Hollywood treatment. Get details on the possible Settlers of Catan movie after the jump. Read More »
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Hasbro and Marvel Comics jointly stumbled into a gold mine in the early ’80s when they collaborated on a revival of the old G.I. Joe toy line. We’re at the point now where a third live-action movie is in development based on those toys, comics and cartoons from the ’80s. DJ Caruso has been in talks to direct GI Joe 3, and now a set of rumors claims to ID some of the new characters that will show up. Two are old Joe villains, the twins Tomax and Xamot. Then there’s the claim that M.A.S.K., one of G.I. Joe’s would-be rivals on the toy and cartoon front, will be part of the third film.
We’ve got the twins report, and the M.A.S.K. movie rumor, such as it is, below.
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It’s always easy to spot a knock-off. A company, show or movie that tries to jump on the success of another by producing a very similar, inferior product. The list in movies is endless. But in the toy world, one of the most famous was the GoBots line.
The GoBots were the less cool Transformers. They had their own mythology, but were basically “robots in disguise” just like those other robots who turned into cool stuff. Besides toys, they, too, spawned a TV show that wasn’t quite as successful, but had its fans. Now, nearly thirty years after the GoBots went extinct, news has broke that Hasbro has attempted to claim a new copyright for the franchise which would include “distribution of motion pictures.” Yes, there’s a chance we might see a Gobots movie. Read More »
The Lego Movie was just the beginning; Warner Bros. and Lego have three other films in the pipeline. One is based on the Ninjago label, another expands the story of the Lego version of Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, and a third will be a proper sequel to the original movie by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller are writing that sequel, and in a new interview they’ve let slip a few details. They talk about the Lego franchise as a whole, and the place of various filmmakers within it. But they also give up a few details about The Lego Movie 2 story, starting with the fact that it takes place four years after the first film.
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Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Master Builders of The Lego Movie were an eclectic bunch. There were Batman and all of his fellow Justice Leaguers, Gandalf and Dubbledore (sorry, Dumbledore), Shaq, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo (the painter) and Michelangelo (the turtle). One that didn’t make it in, however, was R2-D2.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed they originally planned for the lovable droid to be a main character in the The Lego Movie, in keeping with the gleeful mash-up spirit of the film. But in the final product, he’s nowhere to be seen. Find out why the R2-D2 Lego Movie appearance never happened after the jump.
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