Sunday, October 26, 2014

Here Comes #2

I'm willing to bet that Warner Bros. worked hard to sign this duo.

“The Lego Movie 2″ is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce.

The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris McKay and Kara Lord Piersimoni are exec producers.

A director has not yet been selected for “The Lego Movie 2.” ...

Everything that Mr. Lord and Mr. Miller touch turns to box office green.

I met them both when they were working on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a Sony Picture Animation property (and favorite of Amy Pascal) that many had wrestled with and nobody had conquered.

I understood Lord and Miller to be a couple of tv guys, and had my doubts about how they would fare directing an animated feature. They were lively and funny in their office on the ImageWorks building, but I thought to myself, "Sure, they're funny, but that proves nothing." ...

Except, ultimately, guess what? For them, after some early rough sledding, it proved a lot, and my smart-ass skepticism was proven wrong.

Yet again.

Because, let's face it, Lord/Miller have had an unspoken string of box office successes on both the live-action and animation sides of the movie ledger. So it's hardly a surprise that Warners would want them back.

Maybe Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has offered them his first-born.


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