Mark your calendars. Sony has just set a June 6, 2014 release date for 21 Jump Street 2, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be back to direct the comedy sequel, which will see the undercover cops heading to college.
Sony also dated two other big summer movies for 2014. They already have The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening on May 2 but they also dated Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to Tim Story comedy starring Kevin Hart, for June 20 and Sex Tape, Jake Kasdan‘s comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple whose homemade video goes mainstream, for July 2. That last one is a huge vote of confidence for the comedy, as it’ll open on one of the busiest weekends of the year, opposite Disney’s Maleficent. Jump Street opens against the new Ninja Turtles. [Deadline]
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When Sony announced plans to shoot a 21 Jump Street sequel later this year for a release in 2014, we didn’t know if original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be returning to oversee the new chapter. The two are, after all, still hard at work on The Lego Movie for Warner Bros., and that should involve a heavy dose of post-production before the February 7 2014 release date.
Most of that post-production, however, should be somewhat hands-off for the directors, giving them the freedom to develop and direct a live-action movie while the endgame work is done on Lego. And so one of the 21 Jump Street producers now says that the timing should work out for the original directors to be in charge of the sequel as well. Read More »
Warner Bros. was once a studio synopymous with animation thanks to the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon lines. But it has been a long time since WB was particularly commanding in theatrical animation. (The studio does have a healthy direct to video animation arm, however.) Other studios such as Pixar and DreamWorks have taken center stage there.
Pixar is famous for its “brain trust,” and the concept of having some individual or group of people to guide other projects, beyond the basic producer capacity, has spread to Marvel, which has Joss Whedon, and Fox, which hired Mark Millar to emulate Whedon’s “godfather” duties with superhero projects.
Now Warner Bros. is assembling its own group of creators to act as a sort of brain trust, with the filmmakers behind Crazy, Stupid, Love., Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The Muppets formed into a new feature animation think tank that will hopefully create one animated feature per year for the studio. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s no great surprise that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are luring in some excellent talent for Lego: The Piece of Resistance, but it’s cheerful news all the same. Chris Pratt and Will Arnett were among the first actors announced over the summer, followed by Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks a couple of months later. Now four more shining stars have just boarded the cast: Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Liam Neeson. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
To follow up their live-action debut 21 Jump Street, filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are heading back into the world of animation with Warner Bros.’ 3D tentpole Lego: The Piece of Resistance. And they’re luring some very funny stars to go along with them.
Parks & Rec star Chris Pratt landed the lead role in June, with Will Arnett and possibly Channing Tatum up for the roles of Lego Batman and Lego Superman, respectively. Now Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman have signed on to lend their voices to the animated 3D tentpole as well. More details after the jump.
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a great surprise, a fun and very well-animated film that stands as one of the better kids’ films released in the last few years. (And therefore is also a good watch for adults.) While Cloudy directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producing the sequel Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, they’ve handed off directorial duties to Cody Cameron (story artist on Cloudy) and Kris Pearn (head of story on the first film), who are working from a script by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja.
The directorial change isn’t the only big one happening, however, as Mr. T, who voiced the intense, enthusiastic town cop Earl, will not be heard this time. The character does return, however, voiced by Terry Crews. We’ve got some more cast info and a lot of story details below. Read More »
Everyone’s dream comic book meet up is finally happening on the big screen, but in a very unexpected place. Batman and Superman, whose characters have long danced around the chance of appearing together on screen, will both appear in Warner Bros. upcoming 3D Lego film, Lego: The Piece of Resistance directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller along with Robot Chicken director Chris McKay.
Will Arnett will voice Lego Batman and Channing Tatum has been approached to voice Lego Superman, but has yet to sign. Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation) has signed to voice the film’s lead Lego figure named Emmet. Read more about the story after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
The movie adaptation of Glen David Gold‘s Carter Beats the Devil is one of those projects that started out with a ton of promise and momentum, and then for whatever reason wound up mired in development hell, getting kicked around town for several years.
But Warner Bros. gave it a new lease on life when it picked up the project in 2010 and set Michael Gilio (Kwik Stop) to write. Now they’re taking another step forward as 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller enter negotiations to direct. Could this version finally have potential, after all? More details after the jump.
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