22 Jump Street Set

Most directors are lucky to have one smash hit in a given year. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are about to have two. Fresh off of the success of The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller are releasing 22 Jump Street, once again starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as a mismatched pair of undercover cops.

21 Jump Street was one of the funniest studio comedies in recent memory, and if the new 22 Jump Street red-band trailer is anything to go by, these guys haven’t lost their touch. This time around, Schmidt and Jenko pass as college students and head down to spring break — all in the name of catching baddies, of course. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Before they were the acclaimed directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were making themselves known on the small screen. They created the well-received Clone High, and worked as writers and producers on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Now, in the wake of their biggest theatrical opening weekend ever, they’re preparing to head back to television.

Fox has given a series order to Last Man on Earth, a comedy created by Will Forte. Lord and Miller will direct, as well as executive produce alongside Forte and Seth Cohen (by which we mean the head of Lord Miller Productions, not the fictional character from The O.C.). Hit the jump for more details.

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The Lego Movie

It’s not tough to imagine the pitch meeting where The Lego Movie was conceived. The toys have been a familiar fixture of toy chests since the ’40s, and given that every other remotely recognizable playroom property is getting adapted for the big screen these days, it was only a matter of time before someone grabbed a fistful of plastic bricks. Lucky for us, those people turned out to be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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The Lego Movie is now in theaters and, once you’ve seen it, you’ll probably be buzzing both about how “awesome” it is, and talking about all its surprises.

In part two of our interview with the film’s writers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, we talked about many of those surprises and more. We talked about issues around putting so many different franchises in one single movie. We talked about a few of the more surprising and exciting cameos, and we talked about the film’s ending and how it was developed. Here’s part one, the non-spoiler stuff; click below for part two. Read More »

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The Lego Movie is the third film Phil Lord and Chris Miller have directed. In each, they’ve blown low expectations out of the water. How could a movie about falling food be funny? Why would anyone remake 21 Jump Street? And how the heck do you make an interesting movie about Lego? The answer: make an adventure that’s exciting and funny, but also deeply rooted in the essence of what we all love about toys themselves.

To create The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller co-wrote a compelling screenplay and also gave the film an incredibly intricate and realistic look. It’s a blend of CG with stop motion using actual Legos; every single structure in the film was literally built piece by piece, be it in the computer or in Denmark at Lego headquarters. That gives the film an incredibly authentic feel.

Speaking to the directors, I interrogated them about that process, asking if there were limitations to the Lego construct and about pressure from toy manufacturers. This is part one of our interview. It’s spoiler-free, so feel free to read ahead. Check back Friday for part two where we talk about some of the film’s biggest, most interesting spoilers. Read More »

The LEGO movie poster

This could well be the kids’ film of 2014, even if it is a giant toy commercial. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys who made the very entertaining Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and also the 21 Jump Street revamp, have turned Legos into a movie. The Lego Movie, in fact. And since their last two films were funnier and generally better than anyone expected, let’s see if lightning can strike a third time.

There’s a plot here, about a “special” Lego guy who has to save the world, but part of this first teaser is to establish just how many character cameos will be in the film. You thought Wreck-It-Ralph could boast a dense line-up of pop-culture icons? I get the idea this makes it look like  Read More »

Lego Movie Header

Much like the blocks it’s based on, the title of the first feature length Lego movie has been assembled and reassembled multiple times. Warner Bros. has finally settled on a title and even constructed it out of its own subject. The film is now called The Lego Movie, and a logo has been revealed along with a contest fans can compete in to get their own video in the film.

After the jump, check out the logo in hi-res and read all about the contest. The movie, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Morgan Freeman. Read More »

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Some small progress on Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s Jonah Hill-ified 21 Jump Street movie, as Columbia Pictures have formally tagged Friday August 5th 2011 for it’s Stateside release. That leaves quite a healthy window, so production won’t necessarily be starting too soon, but it’s a commitment. Well, at least as much of a commitment as when they announced Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 for May 5th 2011.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate have announced that Dominic Sena‘s Season of the Witch won’t be making it’s March 19th appointment. This could be because that weekend is rather busy – The Bounty Hunter, The Runaways, Repo Men and Diary of a Wimpy Kid – or it could be because Lionsgate don’t want to pee in the Nic Cage pool with another off-putting movie from the star ahead of Kick-Ass.

Via Dread Central and Sony’s Twitter

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