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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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 »

In 2014, a movie based on the popular LEGO toys will be in theaters, written and directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The road to that started several years ago when Warner Bros. took pitches from companies hoping to earn that same opportunity. Now one of rejected ideas has been revealed.

The pitch was from animation house Blur Studio, who’ve worked on games and movies such as Batman: Arkham City, The Force Unleashed, Avatar and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The company’s idea followed a LEGO man going out into the human world. After the jump, read more about the story and check out some additional concept images. Read More »

Get out that red pen and mark your calendar as several major movies just got release dates. The biggest one is Lego 3D, written and directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and co-directed by Chris McKay, which is now scheduled for February 14, 2014. 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, will be released a year earlier on April 12, 2013 and The Weinstein Company revealed release dates for a bunch of upcoming animated films such as Santapprentice, The Trick or Treaters and Leo the Lion. Read more about those films after the jump. Read More »

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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When news first broke that Warner Bros. was developing a Lego film, we groaned at the thought of yet another film based on a beloved childhood property (see also: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Battleship, etc.). But then Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller boarded the project, and the idea of a Lego movie suddenly got much more interesting — especially when Robot Chicken‘s Chris McKay signed on to co-direct as well.

During this weekend’s press junket for their new film 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller offered a few more details on what we could expect from the Lego movie, including a potential title, the status of the film, it’s look, its tone, and even a tiny hint about its plot. More after the jump.

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That Lego movie that Warner Bros. has been developing for several years is really happening now. Last year Chris Lord and Phil Miller, writers and directors of the great CGI animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, were hired to direct the movie. Now Warner Bros. has greenlit their Lego approach, which will be a live-action/animation hybrid, with about 80% of the film animated at Australian animation house Animal Logic (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole).

But there’s an additional name in the mix, too: Robot Chicken director Chris McKay has been enlisted to co-direct with Lord and Miller. Read More »


If the word “Lego” or the phrase “Star Wars” make you perk up, prepare to have your day brightened. Students from the Sao Paolo advertising school Escola Cuca have created a striking new ad campaign for the Lego Star Wars line of products, and the results are clever, funny and just plain adorable. Check them out after the jump.

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