Yes, it's still a really stupid idea for anyone to make a movie based on Legos, but at least Warner Bros. has made one very good early decision. According to THR, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will team up to writer and direct the Lego movie, which is of course being kept top-secret for the moment.
Lord and Miller apparently had to run through a gauntlet of an approval process, giving a presentation not just to the Warner Bros. top executives, but the Lego bosses as well. They flew up to the Fremont, Calfiornia Lego convention Bricks by the Bay-- yes, there are Lego conventions-- and pitched the company on a movie that would mix live-action and animation, and presumably showcase the classic plastic toys in only the best light.
If you don't know who Lord and Miller are, you obviously made the mistake of pre-judging Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as a crass animated kids movie. In fact it's quietly brilliant and hilarious, not just a parody of disaster movies but a subtle commentary on American greed and consumerism that just so happens to include a Gummy Bear-obsessed monkey voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. It's on Netflix Watch Instantly right now; please do yourself the favor of watching it, then join in me in harboring quiet expectations for a Lego movie. If anyone is going to make something reasonable and funny out of building block toys, it's got to be these guys.
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