It seems like Phil Lord and Chris Miller can do no wrong. They turned what could have been a boring film adaptation of an old TV series into something hilarious with 21 Jump Street and the equally as good sequel. They crafted the brilliance that was The LEGO Movie. And they also made some magic on TV with Fox’s comedy The Last Man on Earth. Now they’re sticking with the sci-fi comedy realm for a new series at Fox called Making History, and it involves time travel. Is there a way I can set my DVR to record this now? Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Harrison Ford is Han Solo, as much as any real person can embody any fictional character, and it’s tough to imagine anyone else stepping into the role after nearly 40 years. But with a “young Han Solo” spinoff in the works from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the time has come for us to meet and hopefully fall for a different stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.
The filmmakers have taken their time, reportedly looking at thousands of young actors for the part, and now they’ve finally started to narrow down their choices. Among those on the shortlist are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, and Logan Lerman. Hit the jump for more on the Han Solo shortlist. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a special kind of disaster. A year and a half removed from the wreckage, it has become fascinating in an anthropological sense – here is a movie that broke one of the most popular movie franchises in Hollywood industry and gave a major studio a black eye so severe that they had to sit down with Marvel Studios and Disney because they no longer had any idea what to do with the world’s most popular superhero not named Batman.
The end results: Sony signed off on Peter Parker joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own solo movie that is set for release on July 28, 2017…and a new animated Spider-Man movie with no connection to his live action counterpart from directors/miracle workers Chris Miller and Phil Lord. However, that second project has undergone a delay and will no longer open in the summer of 2018. It has shifted to a new date with a handful of interesting, if not solid, implications.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Recasting Han Solo for a spin-off movie about the charming scoundrel’s early adventures across the galaxy sounds like such a disastrous folly that of course directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are involved. Only the directors of 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, guys whose modus operandi seems to be “How do we take this terrible idea and make it glorious?”, could make us feel like this one is going to be totally okay.
But still: how the heck do you recast Han Solo, a character who is built entirely on the specific charms of the great Harrison Ford? Fortunately, Miller, Lord, and Lucasfilm know just how tricky and important this is going to be. If they don’t find the right actor, this whole thing falls apart. And that’s why they’ve already looked at thousands of actors for a movie that doesn’t even begin filming for well over a year.
The hunt for a new Han Solo actor is officially underway and there are all kinds of people, known and unknown, in contention for this potentially career-defining (or derailing) role.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Hey… we hear you’re interested in some Star Wars Bits. Follow us. C’mon. We’ve got all the Star Wars Bits you could possibly want. In today’s batch:
- Harrison Ford surprises Star Wars fans… for charity!
- George Lucas explains why he’s done with the series.
- The Alamo Drafthouse reveals a stunning Star Wars commemorative magazine.
- John Boyega loves his lightsaber.
- Riz Ahmed‘s Rogue One character name, revealed.
- The surprising origin of Captain Phasma.
- One insane The Force Awakens tattoo.
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Earlier this week Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) dropped out of The Rosie Project. Now Richard Linklater (Boyhood), has followed her lead, leaving the Sony project without a star or director. Learn why Linklater exited The Rosie Project after the jump.
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The popular podcast Serial, which was spun off from the podcast series This American Life, is going to return as an audio series sometime in the next few months. But there’s also a Serial TV series on the way, and now we know some details. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films as well as Fox’s series The Last Man on Earth, will produce the Serial TV series. Read More »
Just one month ago we got word that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller would be at the helm of the second Star Wars Anthology movie coming in 2018, this one focusing on Han Solo, renowned smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon. But since then we haven’t heard anything about the project, not even wild rumors.
But that changes today as Chris Miller spoke a little bit about the “huge pressure” of making a Han Solo adventure, let alone a new Star Wars movie, and how they’re grappling with the fact that they’re making a “childhood dream” come true. Find out more about what Chris Miller said about the Han Solo movie after the jump! Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Fred Topel
The prospect of Phil Lord and Chris Miller writing the Flash and animated Spider-Man movies, and directing Han Solo’s Star Wars Anthology film, is very exciting. We’d suspected that these commitments would prohibit them from directing the third entry in the Jump Street franchise that, against all expectations, they helped turn into a blockbuster series. They’d already decided to produce Lego Movie sequels and spinoffs for other directors while concentrating on other big-screen projects and TV series like The Last Man on Earth.
Chris Miller was at the Fox day for the Television Critics Association summer press tour representing The Last Man on Earth, and he confirmed for me that he and Phil Lord are likely only going to produce 23 Jump Street. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found a leading man for their new project. No, not the Han Solo spinoff — Son of Zorn, their live-action / animation hybrid series for Fox. Jason Sudeikis will play Zorn, an animated barbarian struggling to reconnect with his life-action family.
Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, and Artemis Pebdani have also signed on. More on the Son of Zorn Jason Sudeikis casting after the jump. Read More »