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McKay, an Emmy-winning frequent director of Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken," was the animation co-director on the first film.
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- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. isn't wasting any time getting things rolling on a sequel to The Lego Movie, which, as of this post, has grossed over $362 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. The Lego Movie 2 has already been set for a May 26, 2017 release and now we learn co-animator and voice of Larry The Barrista in the first film, Chris McKay will direct. Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph) and Michelle Morgan are writing the script while co-writers and directors of the original film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will serve as producers. There are no plot details as of yet, but I expect the likes of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Alison Brie and others that provided voices for the first film to return. Deadline »
- Brad Brevet
The leaders of Warner Brothers animation have set Emmy winner Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) to direct the sequel to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's original groundbreaking The Lego Movie, which hit theaters last month and has agreed with critics and fans all over the world. McKay was animation co-director on the first film. Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) as well as Jared Stern (Wreck-it Ralph) are in progress for writing a script for the next installment of the film series. And if you're worried about the original directing crew not returning for the sequel, the dynamic duo are set to return as executive producers. ) The Lego Movie is in theaters now, and the sequel is set to land in theaters on May 26, 2017! »
Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to The Lego Movie, and they've hired a director to bring it to life. I have to say I absolutely love who they will be working with on it. Chris McKay is the guy who will be helming the sequel, and he's a perfect choice as he's one of the main guys behind Adult Swim's hilarious series Robot Chicken. It makes complete sense to me that McKay should be directing this sequel.
The directors of the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be back as producers on the film. Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern are currently writing the script for the movie. According to Deadline, they are trying to figure out whether this is going to be a straight sequel or a film that broadens the Lego empire by focusing on the character Ninjago.
I loved The Lego Movie, »
- Joey Paur
The Lego Movie 2 has found its director and it’s one of the major creative forces behind the original. Chris McKay, who headed up the bulk of the animation for directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, has been tapped to direct The Lego Movie 2, set for release May 2017. Deadline broke the news. Lord […]
- Germain Lussier
Given the fact that The Lego Movie has grossed more than $360 million at the global box office, a sequel was inevitable, and eventually announced. Fans of the wildly original animated hybrid held out hope that original co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would find a way to come back and helm the sequel, even though they have said on the record that they.d likely only be back in the role of producers. Now we.re hearing that Warner Bros. has accepted the fact that Lord and Miller won.t direct the second Lego Movie, and they have circled their replacement. The Lego sequel, instead, will be directed by Chris McKay, according to Deadline. Who? Don.t panic just yet, guys. McKay served as animation co-director on the initial film, so Warner is going with a trusted hand who (hopefully) learned a ton under Lord and Miller and will attempt »
Last month, we reported that the studio was mulling over whether or not to make The Lego Movie 2 or Lego Ninjago first. The studio is still considering plans for a Lego Ninjago movie, but nothing has been set in stone yet. Chris McKay has signed onto direct a straight sequel at this time. We reported last month that this sequel was moving forward with a script by Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Nancy Drew), with Warner Bros. setting a May 26, 2017 release date. The Lego Movie has made over $360 million worldwide since its release on February 7.
Chris McKay has previously »
While we can all thank writer directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (plus co-writers Dan and Kevin Hagerman) for the fun of The Lego Movie, some of the credit definitely belongs to animation director and editor Chris McKay. Warner Bros. clearly believes he’s ready to step things up a level, and has put him in charge of the whole shebang for the sequel.With the huge success of the first film ($361 million and counting so far worldwide), it was inevitable that the studio would want to kick off work on a follow-up, and already has Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan busy coming up with a script. With Lord and Miller overseeing as producers (and key members of Warners’ animation “brain trust” that aims to pool creative people and resources to make movies in a way similar to Pixar and Disney’s methods), McKay was the natural choice to take »
I’d be shocked if The Lego Movie didn’t end up in my top 10 of the year, but I’m prepared to temper my expectations for the sequel since writers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are only returning in a producing capacity, and the screenwriting duties will fall to Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern. However, I am glad to hear Deadline report that the film’s animation co-director Chris McKay will be directing the film, although it’s unknown if it will be a direct sequel or will expand to focus on Lego’s popular “Ninjago” line. For those unfamiliar with McKay, his previous work includes the [adult swim] series Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, and Titan Maximum. I’m glad that Warner Bros. is pulling from the original film’s crew for the director, and I’m excited to see what McKay will bring to the table. For more on McKay, »
- Matt Goldberg
While it might sound like bad news that Phil Lord & Chris Miller won't be back to direct the sequel to their fantastic animated hit The Lego Movie, it's not all that disappointing. Deadline has word that while Lord & Miller won't be returning for the sequel to the brilliant Warner Animation Group film, but Chris McKay will be taking over directing duties. You may not know McKay, but he was a co-director with Lord & Miller, though the 21 Jump Street duo has been getting all the glory. And he's no stranger to animation having directed over 40 episodes of "Robot Chicken" including "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III." Warner Bros. has already set a summer 2017 release date for their sequel, with Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) working on a treatment as we speak. However, it's up in the air as to how the sequel will unfold. Apparently there's »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Warner Bros has set Chris McKay to direct its sequel to The Lego Movie, the film that opened last month and has so far turned in a worldwide gross of $361 million. McKay was animation co-director on the first film that was made under the direction of Phil Lord & Chris Miller. That duo is producing, and Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern are writing a treatment for the next installment. Warner Animation Group is steering the franchise. They are still working all this out, but this will be straight sequel, even though the studio is contemplating a spinoff film that broadens the Lego empire by focusing on the character Ninjago. At the same time, McKay is also negotiating a first-look producer deal at the studio. Dan Lin & Roy Lee are also producing. Who’s McKay? The Chicago native cut his teeth mixing animation with irreverence on the small screen, winning an Emmy »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Lego Movie has grossed $366 million worldwide, making it the most successful film of 2014 so far (which will likely change when a certain red, white, and blue "Avenger" debuts next month) and a lot of that is thanks to the work of writer/director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, it seems the two will not be returning for the sequel. Warner Bros. has now set Chris McKay, the animation co-director on the first film, to helm the sequel, which is planned for a 2017 release. »
- Paul Shirey
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has found their man to helm the sequel this years break out hit The Lego Movie , and they've chosen Chris McKay, who served as the animation co-director on the first film. McKay is also credited with directing several episodes of "Robot Chicken," "Titan Maximum," and "Moral Orel" in addition to the TV movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III . The directors of the original film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are on board as producers for the sequel, which is currently being written by Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. The film is scheduled for a release on May 26, 2017. The Lego Movie , which has earned over $360 million worldwide, features the voices of »
After residing in development hell for more than a decade, a reboot of the Chevy Chase comedy Fletch, titled Fletch Won, is finally moving forward with news that We’re the Millers star Jason Sudeikis is in talks for the lead role.
The project, which has been housed over at Warner Bros. since 2011, is described as a “gritty action comedy with heart.” Following an investigative reporter named I.M. Fletcher, Fletch Won will act as an origin story for the character. Unlike the two Fletch films toplined by Chevy Chase, Fletch Won will hew quite closely to its source material, a series of mystery novels by Gregory McDonald.
Warner Bros. has had a tough time developing Fletch Won, going through quite a few iterations by various screenwriters (including Kevin Smith, who was also interested in directing at one point) before deciding on a script by David List, also the rep for McDonald’s estate. »
- Isaac Feldberg
I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Liam Neeson Continues Hot Action Streak As "Non-Stop" Tops Charts. Universal Pictures' "Non-Stop" grossed an estimated $30.01 million over the Oscar weekend, averaging $9,715 per theater from 3,090 locations, according to Rentrak. The film reunites Neeson with his "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Sera, and also includes Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker and Corey Stoll. In second with a very-solid $26.5 million debut, 20th Century Fox's "Son of God" turned in over $26.5 million from its 3,260 theaters, averaging $8,129. The faith-based film starring Diogo Morgdao, Amber Rose Revah and Sebastian Knapp, is directed by Christopher Spencer. Pic should stay on well, and show minimal changes each week of its box office run. Third-placed animated "block" buster "The Lego Movie" continued to turn in solid coin for Warner Bros. with a decent $21 million in its fourth weekend trial. That takes the film's domestic cume past $200 million with money in the region of $209 million. Overseas, the »
Back in October, the long-planned Masters of the Universe live-action reboot was dealt a blow when director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) chose to leave the project to focus his efforts on another 80s toy adaptation with G.I. Joe 3, but now it looks like Sony and Escape Artists are closing in on a new filmmaker to take us to Eternia.
According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list for the movie, while The Wrap is also suggesting that Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Chris McKay (editor of The Lego Movie) are also in the frame. These aren't the only names we've heard as potential candidates, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Andy Muschietti (Mama), Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) all rumoured back in January. »
- Gary Collinson
After bringing us The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to another building block property with the intention of crafting a feature film. Deadline has word that the studio has picked up Minecraft, the popular building block video game from Sweden. And though The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee is developing the project through his Vertigo Entertainment banner, this will actually be a live-action film. For those who don't know about Minecraft, it's an open-world, sandbox environment video game where players mess around in a world composed of virtual blocks, almost like 3D pixels. More below! With over 100 million users, Minecraft is definitely a hot commodity. But can a movie as original and fun as The Lego Movie be crafted around this popular video game as well? Much like the film from Phil Lord & Chris Miller, the possibilities of a film using the world of Minecraft are endless, »
- Ethan Anderton
Musician Mark Mothersbaugh has had a diverse, wonderful career that has spanned from the new wave band Devo to writing music for films, television series, and video games. His latest score is for the hit film, The Lego Movie. For those who still haven't seen The Lego Movie, Mothersbaugh score is peppy, joyous, and goes perfectly with the upbeat, fun-loving tone of the picture. Last week, I got a chance to interview Mothersbaugh over the phone. During our conversation, we talked about re-teaming with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the style of the picture before they took over, writing music for video games and TV as compared to movies, working on Lord and Miller's next movie, 22 Jump Street, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. How are you doing today, sir? Mark Mothersbough: I'm good. How are you? I'm good. Teenage me is very excited to »
- Matt Goldberg
With The Lego Movie doing huge business at the box office, it’s natural that we’re going to see an uptick in studios leaping aboard the toys and games bandwagon to find the next cash cow. Lego studio Warner Bros. clearly wants to make sure it stays ahead of the pack, and has snapped up the rights to the Minecraft video game.The game, which allows you to create and shape an entire world, has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by the various users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other.Roy Lee, one of the producers who shepherded Lego to the screen, is aboard to work on this one. He’ll no doubt be looking for a filmmaking team that can work their magic the way »
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