Thursday, July 07, 2016

Sequels and Bumps in the Roadway to BIG GROSSES

Let's see what's going on with the Lego Franchise:

After moving the animated movie [The Lego Movie Sequel] to Feb. 8, 2019, Warner Bros. has also hired Raphael Bob-Waksberg to rewrite the script.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed the first film, penned the original draft. With the duo currently prepping for the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, the studio opted to get a fresh take on the script.

Rob Schrab is directing with Lord and Miller producing along with returning producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee.

The Lego Movie Sequel is the fourth film in the Warner Bros. franchise, which has two other spinoffs on the horizon: The Lego Batman Movie is set for Feb. 10, 2017, and The Lego Ninjago Movie is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2017.

The Lego Movie grossed more than $469 million worldwide. ...

This "rewrite" thing should surprise nobody.

Animated features always get reworked, restructured, rebuilt from the ground up (etc.). Happened on the old Disney features; happens today. Sometimes the second or third pass pays off in spades, yet a happy ending is not always the end result. How To Train Your Dragon got redone and was a solid gold hit for DreamWorks. On the other side of the coin, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur received a do-over and laid a damp fart.

But the take-away here is, what's going on is pretty much within the normal scheme of things. Sure, there are cartoon features that sail through the production process without a glitch, but there are plenty of specimens that don't. So it's kind of a surprise this is even considered newsworthy.,


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