Release Dates Set For Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 And The Lego Movie
2012 hasn't even hit the halfway point, and already Warner Bros. is looking ahead to 2014, laying out dates for the Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 and the presently untitled Lego movie. THR reveals the release of the former is being timed with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, meaning writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42 will make it's debut on April 12, 2013, to better commemorate the 66th anniversary of Robinson's first game as a Brooklyn Dodger.
With its protagonist widely heralded as the man who broke professional baseball's color barrier, 42 will focus on Robinson's struggles as the first black Major Leaguer, as well as his bond with Dodgers' general manager and forward thinker Branch Rickey, who was instrumental in getting him on the team. Chadwick Boseman (Persons Unknown) will portray Robinson, while Harrison Ford has signed on to play Rickey. A Knight's Tale director Brian Helgeland directs. Production is slated to begin on the project May 14th in Birmingham, Alabama. From there, the shoot will move to Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, before finishing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Engel Stadium will stand in for the Dodgers' Ebbets Field, which was torn down in 1960.
As for the unnamed Lego movie, Warner Bros. has given directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) plenty of time to construct their building block-centered, GCI effort, slating its release for February 28, 2014. At present, much of this movie remains a mystery, though Warner Bros. has cited Toy Story as an early inspiration.Really, since the magic of Legos lies in imagination, this plot could go just about anywhere.
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