phil lord chris miller sony deal

Sony will own Phil Lord and Chris Miller for the foreseeable future. The duo behind the 2018 animated phenomenon that was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have signed a massive nine-figure deal with Sony Pictures Television, expanding their relationship with the studio that backed Spider-Verse and Lord and Miller’s first animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Lord and Miller are being given virtual free reign over the slate of projects they’ll oversee through Lord Miller Productions, including a series of Spider-Verse spin-off shows.

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Spider-Verse opening scene

If seeing Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win the Best Animated Feature Oscar at this past weekend’s Academy Awards made you want to rewatch the film immediately, we have good news: it’s available to own right now on Digital HD. But if you’d rather wait for the Blu-ray/DVD, the studio has released the first nine minutes of the film online for free as an extended preview. Revisit one of 2018’s very best cinematic offerings below. Read More »

Artemis movie

The next movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller will see the duo heading back into the live-action realm after they conquered animation, spawning a multimillion dollar franchise with their surprise hit The LEGO Movie and shepherding last year’s critical darling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to possible Oscar success. Lord and Miller’s latest film, a sci-fi feature called The Last Human, has sparked a heated bidding war between several studios that landed them an eight-figure deal with Sony/Tristar.

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the lego movie 2 setting

Everything is not so awesome in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. The sequel to the acclaimed 2014 hit transforms the cheery Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland — and screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller reveal that this was for more than just a Mad Max reference. The drastic transformation of The LEGO Movie 2 setting was an intentional nod back to the viral song from the first movie that everyone, apparently, misunderstood.

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the lego movie 2 setting

The setting of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a drastic departure from the sunny metropolis of the first hit film. The beloved Bricksburg has been transformed into post-apocalyptic wasteland named Apocalypseburg, and Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and co. must survive the barren Mad Max-inspired environment. But The LEGO Movie 2 setting was almost completely different.

Screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller, stepping down from their directorial duties for the first movie, revealed that the sequel almost took place at a LEGO convention for a large portion of the film, which would have taken the franchise’s meta-humor to a whole new level. But that idea, along with several others, got scrapped on the way to the theater.

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Bless the Harts King of the Hill

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to TV animation with the Fox series Bless the Harts. Created and run by Emily Spivey, the Harts are a southern family. Spivey becomes the first female animation showrunner on Fox, with Lord and Miller producing. With the show in production for a straight to series order, the cast gave a table read for the Television Critics Association. Afterwards, the producers and cast answered questions about the upcoming Fox Sunday night series.

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spider-man into the spider-verse deleted scene

After the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, now nominated for the Best Animated Film Oscar, Sony Pictures was quick to announce sequels and spin-offs to the film. One rumored idea was an animated series, but producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller haven’t even heard that one. They were at a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming Fox animated series Bless the Harts, and were surprised when we asked them about the Spider-Verse TV series.

“That’s news to us,” Lord said.

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spider-man into the spider-verse clip

By now, you’ve probably realized that we love Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse here at /Film. We’ve published tons of articles about the film over the past few days and are encouraging everyone to seek it out, and we’re all excited to see what happens with the future of Sony’s nascent animated Spider-franchise.

In a new interview, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were asked about the last scene of this movie (before the credits), and they explain that it contains a “jump ahead in time.” Read their full quote below, but obviously beware of spoilers if you haven’t caught up with the movie yet. Read More »

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse spoilers

2018 is coming to an end soon, but one of the year’s very best movies just hit theaters. We’ve been singing the praises of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for weeks, and now that the movie is out for all to see, it’s time to hear from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller about some of the movie’s more spoilery elements, including that hilarious post-credits scene, a couple of surprising vocal performances, and more.
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lord and miller interview

Bonnie and Clyde. Beavis and Butthead. Lord and Miller. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys who brought us The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, are often mentioned in the same breath and referred to as a creative pair. So it was somewhat surprising when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the excellent new movie from Sony Animation, only credits one of them as a writer on the film (they’re both credited as producers).

I asked the duo about that when I sat down with them to chat about the new movie, and during the course of our conversation, we also talked about how they decided which Spider-People were going to make it into this inter-dimensional story, which ones appeared in earlier drafts, finding the right actors to voice the movie’s characters, and how the final film looks even weirder than they originally envisioned. Check out our Lord and Miller interview below. Read More »