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Lego ‘Brick Race’ Movie Draws Director Jorge Gutierrez

Lego ‘Brick Race’ Movie Draws Director Jorge Gutierrez
Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise.

“Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.

The Lego Movie” grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans for its goofy story line and unique look. That success spurred Warner Bros. to develop “The Lego Batman Movie,” which opened in February and grossed $310 million worldwide; and “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which opens Sept. 22.

Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that it had hired “Trolls” director Mike Mitchell for “The Lego Movie” sequel for Warner Bros. Animation. He replaced Rob Schrab on the project, which is set for a Feb. 8, 2019, release
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Book Of Life’s Jorge Gutierrez takes over Lego spin-off movie

Tony Sokol Aug 3, 2017

The director of Book Of Life has taken over the Lego movie The Billion Brick Race from Jason Segel and Drew Pierce...

Mexican animator, painter, writer and Golden Globe-nominated director Jorge R Gutiérrez, who created Nickelodeon’s animated television series, El Tigre: The Adventures Of Manny Rivera, and directed The Book Of Life, is developing a new Lego movie, which is being called The Billion Brick Race.

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The Lego movie, whose precise details are currently under wraps, was being developed by Jason Segal and Drew Pearce, who came up with the original idea, with Pearce signed on as the original director.

We don't yet know why there's been a change of personnel behind the scenes on the forthcoming Lego spin-off, though the
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'Book of Life' Director Developing 'Lego' Film (Exclusive)

'Book of Life' Director Developing 'Lego' Film (Exclusive)
Director Jorge Gutierrez has come aboard to develop a new movie in the Lego series that has had the working title of The Billion Brick Race, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Gutierrez previously helmed the Golden Globe-nominated animated feature The Book of Life and the Emmy-winning TV series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Most recently, he stepped into the virtual reality arena, directing Google Spotlight Stories’ Son of Jaguar, an animated short that combines Mexican wrestling with a heartfelt tale about tradition and family.

While the logline for the ew film hasn't been revealed, the project was originally in the...
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Past Oscar Nominees Size Up The Year In Animation

Past Oscar Nominees Size Up The Year In Animation
Animated films take years to complete. So animation directors can bask in acclaim one year and then seem to vanish from the scene, when, in fact, they are hard at work on their next picture. Variety caught up with three animation directors familiar to awards voters and asked them what they are working on and which of this year’s animated releases impressed them.

Henry Selick

Selick is no stranger to accolades. His feature directing bow was the iconic stop-motion film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), an annual staple that was nominated for an Academy Award (for visual effects) before there was even a category for animated feature, He also adapted and directed 2009’s “Coraline,” the first full-length film from stop-motion powerhouse Laika. “Coraline” received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for animated feature.

Selick is excited about a of couple of new projects he’s been working on. One involves author Neil Gaiman,
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Film Review: ‘The Book of Life’

Film Review: ‘The Book of Life’
The visuals outshine the story in “The Book of Life,” a lively animated tale that mixes age-old myths with today’s toon tropes. But what lovely visuals they are. The feature debut of smallscreen animator Jorge R. Gutierrez (co-creator of Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera”) proves to be perfectly charming in relaying the tale of a lopsided love triangle set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. And yet it hardly matters what the characters are saying (or occasionally singing) when their warmly handcrafted appearance keeps stealing the spotlight. Opening domestically three weeks after Focus/Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” and three weeks ahead of Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” “Book” should have time to carve out its own space in the family entertainment marketplace and could become a significant sleeper worldwide, especially if Latin audiences respond to the pic’s universal, yet culturally specific,
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Saturday Morning Cartoon: ‘The Book of Life’ Director Jorge Gutierrez’s Charmingly Morbid Debut Short

Jorge R. Gutierrez, as it turns out, has something of an artistic fascination with death. His first feature film, The Book of Life, opened last weekend. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, it’s a love story that crosses into the afterlife and builds upon the aesthetic and spiritual traditions of Dia de los Muertos. Death comes early on in the film, when Manolo (Diego Luna) is bitten by a venomous snake and sent into the next world. To regain the love of his life, Maria (Zoe Saldana), he has to find a way to come back from the beyond. It may not be the only recent animated feature for kids to address death, after Paranorman and others, but its embrace of such a morbid narrative is an exciting risk. For Gutierrez, however, this is nothing new. His final film as a student at CalArts in 2000 was a 3D short called Carmelo. It
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Box Office: ‘Fury’ to Fend Off ‘Gone Girl’ for Top Spot

Box Office: ‘Fury’ to Fend Off ‘Gone Girl’ for Top Spot
It will take Brad Pitt and a Sherman tank to hold off the “Gone Girl” phenomenon.

For now, it looks like Angelina Jolie’s better half and a squadron that includes Shia “I’m not famous anymore” Labeouf and Logan Lerman will steer “Fury” to the top of the box office chart with a $25 million opening from 3,155 locations. “Fury” cost $68 million to produce and was backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed International and LStar Capital. It’s the brainchild of “End of Watch” auteur David Ayer and has enjoyed strong reviews for its story of men at war.

“I don’t think there’s any stopping ‘Fury,'” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Brad Pitt is one of the last remaining stars who can carry a picture.”

But “Gone Girl” isn’t staging a disappearing act. In its third weekend of release, David Fincher’s
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Watch Debut Short Carmelo From The Book Of Life Director Jorge Gutierrez

Hitting theaters from Fox this Friday, The Book of Life is one of the most anticipated films of the Fall. While this stylized animated adventure is produced by Guillermo del Toro, its director is a relative unknown. That man is Mexican creator Jorge Gutierrez, best known as the man behind the Nikelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. But before he made El Tigre, Gutierrez made a bit of a splash while at Cal Arts with his 2001 Student Emmy Award-winning short Carmelo. We've got the impressive short for you now, and the connections to this weekend's The Book of Life will be pretty obvious from the get go. Check it out below....

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‘Book of Life’ Director On Pitching Guillermo Del Toro, Mixing ‘1,000 Influences’

‘Book of Life’ Director On Pitching Guillermo Del Toro, Mixing ‘1,000 Influences’
It was the pitch from hell.

Jorge Gutierrez had been granted entry to Guillermo Del Toro’s Los Angeles home, hoping to convince the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker to produce “The Book of Life,” an animated fantasy centered around the Day of the Dead. He hadn’t counted on doing his pitch outside in the 100-degree heat, with gardeners working all around him, their leaf blowers creating a deafening roar. Nor had he expected to have to cut down his twenty-minute song and dance routine to a mere five minutes, because Del Toro was pressed for time.

“There was life-size statue of Ray Harryhausen that I swear was judging me,” remembers Gutierrez. “I yelled everything to be heard. I almost fell in the pool. I’m drenched in sweat and he’s drenched in sweat.”

At the end of it, Del Toro agreed. The pitch fell flat, but fortunately he
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‘The Book of Life’ Trailer #2: Adventure Lies Ahead

  • Screen Rant
20th Century Fox will release The Book of Life in theaters this fall, and the animated film may be worth a look for the visuals alone. The movie’s storyline, as was co-written by the director Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), follows the adventures of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man out to fulfill his dreams. That includes winning the heart of Maria (Zoe Saldana), who makes it clear that’s easier said than done, in the above trailer.

Book of Life‘s second theatrical preview, similar to its previous trailer, doesn’t shed so much light on its plot as it does on the rich, colorful, and lively visual aesthetic of the film (inspired by traditional artwork for Mexico’s holiday Dia de Muertos), as well as the movie’s kid-friendly humor and cartoony hijinks. However, according to the official ...

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New Trailer For The Book Of Life Promises Colorful Animation, Crazy Characters

Attach Guillermo del Toro’s name to your project, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’re all going to take a look at it. Luckily for The Book of Life, a vividly animated adventure hitting theaters this October, there’s a lot more to like than just that the Hellboy director is involved.

For one thing, the visuals continue to look absolutely gorgeous in this second trailer for the movie, which follows three childhood friends who become the corners of a love triangle. Maria (Zoe Saldana) is the beautiful and spirited lady adored by both the noble-hearted bullfighter Manolo (Diego Luna) and the handsome, self-confident Joaquin (Channing Tatum). The Book of Life focuses primarily on Manolo as, after calling upon the powers of an ancient deity, he travels through The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten as he searches
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Watch First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro-Produced The Book Of Life

Guillermo del Toro is not a very prolific director, but he sure does like getting himself involved in an abundance of projects as a producer. He’s taken on the role of executive producer on such films as Puss In Boots, Rise Of The Guardians and last year’s Mama. This summer, we’ll see Del Toro take on television for the first time with The Strain, a show he co-created, which is set to air on FX. But his latest producing effort, The Book Of Life, seems to hit closer to home than any of those other efforts. This 3D computer-animated feature is very clearly influenced by the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead, and if this trailer is any indication, we should be in for a real visual treat.

The film marks Jorge Gutierrez’s directorial debut. Though not a big name, Gutierrez previously co-created the animated
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WonderCon: Frozen – “The Art of the Story” Panel Recap; Learn How the Film Changed During Production

  • Collider.com
It's no surprise when a Disney film is met with critical and commercial success, but after winning an Academy Award and the title of highest grossing animated picture of all time, it's safe to say that Frozen is impressive even by Disney's high standards. Storyboard artists Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) were on hand at WonderCon today to give a behind-the-scenes look at the art of storyboarding and the process of crafting story for an animated film. Hit the jump to learn some Frozen movie secrets and for highlights of the panel. Frozen - The Art of the Story WonderCon Panel Recap: The group kicked things off by explaining the job of a story board artist. They described the process
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Guillermo del Toro-Produced 'Book of Life' Teased With Vivid Artwork

Guillermo del Toro-Produced 'Book of Life' Teased With Vivid Artwork
If two recently released art pieces for the Guillermo Del Toro-produced Book of Life are any indication, the upcoming film should be a vivid visual experience. In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, co-writer/director Jorge Gutierrez offers two stunning concept images (featuring kaleidoscopic city streets and ornate skies) for the upcoming Fox Animation film (see one above), while also discussing his vision for the project's bold look.

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Gutierrez, who co-created the Emmy-nominated Nick
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Nickelodeon Vet Marjorie Cohn to Run DreamWorks Animation Television

Now that it has 1,200 hours of original programming to produce for distributors like Netflix and Super Rtl over the next five years, DreamWorks Animation has tapped veteran Nickelodeon executive Marjorie Cohn to run its new television division.

The New York native has spent the past 26 years at Nickelodeon in various development and production roles. While there, she helped make Nickelodeon the No. 1 cable channel for 18 consecutive years. She’s leaving the company as president, content development where she oversaw both animated and live action series including “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Rugrats,” “iCarly,” “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Fairly OddParents” and the “Kids’ Choice Awards.”

She will now ramp up production of DreamWorks Animation’s TV series — a significant area of growth for the toon studio. Dwa-chief Jeffrey Katzenberg sees TV as both a significant revenue stream as well as a key way to grow the appeal of its brands
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Fox Embraces Del Toro’s ‘Book of Life’

  • LRM Online
Exuberance and imagination is what has led Guillermo Del Toro into becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers of this generation. Growing up in Mexico, he was exposed to the grim realities of life and death, but in spite of such tragedy, he cultivated a rigorous imagination. Though his directorial efforts have somewhat slowed down, he has become much more involved as a producer, selecting his next work: “Book of Life.

Fox Animation Studios have come to lend Del Toro a hand in making this new animated feature. “Book of Life” will be based on the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead which is a time to remember the family members that have died. The exact details of this future film are still undisclosed. Similarly, Pixar will have its own project based on the holiday: “Day of the Dead.”

Picked by Del Toro, animator Jorge R. Gutierrez will come on board to direct.
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Guillermo Del Toro's Animated 'Book Of Life' (Formerly 'Day Of The Dead') Set For October 2014 Release

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Though it’s been over four years since a Guillermo Del Toro-helmed film has graced the big screen, he hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Amidst all the projects he has lined up to direct himself, the Mexican filmmaker has also turned to producing interesting projects by promising up-and-coming filmmakers. Earlier this year it was announced that Del Toro would be producing CG-animated film “Day Of The Dead,” and now THR is reporting that Fox Animation Studios has come aboard to make the movie. Now titled "Book Of Life," the film is centered around the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead, will be helmed by Jorge R. Guiterrez (Nickelodeon TV series “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera”), and is described as a “Romeo and Juliet”-style love story set against the holiday as a backdrop. If this sounds a bit familiar, that's because Pixar has their
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Guillermo del Toro To Produce Mexico-Set Animated Feature Film ‘Day of the Dead’

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Among the many, many other projects he’s working on, including production on Pacific Rim, Hellboy 3, and taking directorial duties on the Emma Watson vehicle Beauty and the Beast, it was reported today that Guillermo del Toro will also produce a CG-animated film with the working title Day of the Dead. The director will work in collaboration with Reel FX on the film, which is the first to be set in his native Mexico since Cronos in 1993. [Variety]

Directed by animator Jorge R. Gutierrez, the film is described as an “action-packed, fully CG-animated picture, with a Romeo and Juliet style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop.” In an official press release, del Toro spoke on Gutierrez, who has worked in various roles on cartoon series like El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Maya and Miguel, and his involvement with the film:

“I have admired
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Guillermo Del Toro to Produce Jorge R. Gutierrez’ CG-Animated Picture

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The CG-animated movie The Day of the Dead will be produced by Guillermo del Toro and Reel FX studio. Del Toro will also present the film, which is being directed and co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez, the co-creator of a Nickelodeon show named El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and is being eyed for [...]

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Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG-Animated 'Day of the Dead' With Reel FX

Guillermo del Toro to Produce CG-Animated 'Day of the Dead' With Reel FX
Guillermo del Toro is returning to his Mexican roots with Day of the Dead, a CG-animated movie he has boarded as a producer. Del Toro is teaming up with Reel FX to make the film, which will be directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, the co-creator of a Nickelodeon show named El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Del Toro also will “present” the film, which also is being produced by Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone Inc. Gutierrez and Doug Langdale, whose writing credits include El Tigre plus many other animated TV shows, wrote the script, which

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