Big blocks and yellow people – Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s LEGO movie
Last week, we were able to get a tiny sliver of info on the LEGO movie – mainly that it was going to be in the hands of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS – but this week, we almost have a whole pie! Do you know those stop-motion Lego movies on YouTube? Well, imagine those using an incredible stop-motion camera and with a big budget behind it.
Phil Lord himself explains how the process of getting everybody onboard went, “basically we came up with a treatment that was about a 40-page crazy treatment with a lot of images and stuff and that got everybody excited and then we were off to the races trying to make a deal for the last four months.” Now just what is it that has got everybody excited about this movie? Find out after the break!
Lord explains, ”we always sparked to the idea that you could make a super large scale brick film. Have you seen those brick films online? There’s a zillion of them. People literally make them in their basements with little Lego mini-figs and they build elaborate sets and they range from being like the most low production value to some of them people have spent years on and they look beautiful and they’re really intricately detailed. And we kept thinking, gosh there’s got to be a way to take…if somebody wants to make a Lego movie they should make one of those on an enormous scale where you could actually build enormous, beautiful Lego sets and put a camera on the deck at mini-fig eye level and bring the kind of bravado that like the contemporary action-adventure film does, but do it on like this micro-scale. So we always sparked to that idea and it was just about trying to crack the character story to carry that.”
He continued, “I don’t know we’re exactly are going to execute it but I would say the vast majority of the film takes place in an immersive all-Lego environment. So it’s going to star mini-figs and we’ve created these really cool characters and a really nice character story between these mini-figs. And it’s going to take place in a universe that’s made entirely out of Lego to the point where if there’s water or clouds or like a big explosion, that will be made out of animated Legos. And our goal was to make it look like a super charged stop-motion. Something like if Michael Bay kidnapped Henry Selick to make a movie for him.”
The Lego people themselves want the film to be something that can appeal to kids, families, and adults. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS was definitely that kind of movie, so LEGO should be pretty great! I truly am very excited about this movie; let’s get this ball rolling, I can’t wait!
Source Collider, via First Showing
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