Since making their feature debut in 2009 with the animated adventure Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been slowly establishing themselves as two of the top tier comedic filmmakers in Hollywood, and with the release of both The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street this year that fact has been firmly established. Each feature they’ve made has not only been able to earn heaps of critical praise, but also box office success. Those are the two magic pieces you need to write your own ticket in Hollywood, so there remains one big question: what the hell are they going to do next?

Ever since 22 Jump Street managed to trounce How To Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters this past weekend, I have been racking my brain thinking about the directions I would love to see Lord and Miller go. Considering their sensibilities, style, taste and even a few quotes from the past, I’ve come up with five different future feature projects that the directing duo would be perfect for. What are they? Read on to find out!

The Next Muppets Movie
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have garnered reputations for making amazing movies based on properties that everyone thought couldn’t be properly translated to the big screen, but obviously The don’t really fit into that category. After all, Jim Henson’s most famous creations have not only been part of many successful features over the years, but have also been doing quite well in recent years with James Bobin’s The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. It’s not a franchise that needs saving and not even one that’s really in any trouble – but that doesn’t mean that Lord and Miller wouldn’t be the perfect directors to make the next installment in the series.

While the two directors don’t have any extensive puppetry experience as far as I know, it’s not hard to see how their particular style and comedy would mesh perfectly with Kermit and his gang. Both certainly have shown the same deep appreciation for meta humor – regularly both slyly and overtly referencing the filmmaking process within their productions – and there certainly exists a shared certain appreciation for madcap weirdness. And while Lord and Miller obviously aren’t experienced working with Muppets, they have spent their entire careers flipping back and forth between live action and animation – a fact that they have the ability to adapt to the format of whatever they’re making. With James Bobin now focusing all of his attention on the Alice In Wonderland sequel Through The Looking Glass, the director’s chair is presumably open for a potential new Muppet film. Hopefully Lord and Miller would be up for taking over that seat.

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