Allan Loeb

Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in the works for a full decade at this point, but it’s been slow going. One of the last updates we got on it was that 21 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were negotiating to direct, but even that ultimately amounted to nothing as they’ve since moved on. However, it finally seems to be gaining some fresh momentum as Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the musical comedy.

As for what’s inspired this sudden uptick in activity, well, we’re not privy to the conversations that took place. But if we had to guess, we’d say that Frozen‘s lasting success probably had a little something to do with it — Bob the Musical has long had Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write the tunes. Hit the jump for the latest on this long-gestating project.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller immediately marked themselves as filmmakers to watch with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a sweet family CG comedy. So naturally, for their sophomore effort, they attempted to something completely different. 21 Jump Street is rowdy and live-action, and yet it retains much of the same heart and humor that made their first go-round such a hit. It’s no wonder they keep landing such intriguingly offbeat projects — the duo are now set to helm Warner Bros.’ Lego film and something called Bob the Musical, as well as produce Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.

During the recent press junket for 21 Jump Street, the pair sat down with /Film to discuss their upcoming projects, the difficulties of transitioning into live action, their “chickenshit” fear of moving into drama, and Lord’s nefarious strategy to make sure Miller needs him forever. Read the full transcript after the jump.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs very quickly turned me into a fan of directorial team Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The film pointed me towards their sharp and funny, if short-lived show Clone High, and has me anticipating the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street, which they’re set to direct in early spring 2011.

And now the duo is in talks to direct a musical for Disney. Specifically, Bob the Musical, about a man who can suddenly hear the songs within all of us. Lest that sound too sickly sweet, he’s none too happy about the deal. (At least at first.) Details after the break. Read More »

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