LEGO Movies: 'Beyond the Brick' Doc & 'Ninjago' Are Moving Forward
At Comic-Con this past summer we learned that Cobie Smulders and Jonah Hill would voice Wonder Woman and Green Lantern in The LEGO Movie, joining Channing Tatum as Superman and Will Arnett as Batman. The first trailer for the film from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller really sold us on the flick, but there's plenty more big screen action for the building blocks coming. First, The LEGO Group is teaming with a pair of filmmakers for a documentary called Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary and the developing adaptation of the toy company's Ninjago line has just landed a promising director. Read on!
Deadline has word that The LEGO Group is working with Oscar winning filmmaker Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Oscar nominated director Kief Davidson (Open Heart) for this new documentary which will take a closer look at the worldwide toy sensation. The film will "unspool through the lens of culture, art, and education." The film will feature Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs), fan conventioneers, LEGO artists, and famous LEGO fans along with the kids who love the LEGO toy sets so much. The hope is for the film to arrive in early 2014, so it sounds like this project has already been in the works for awhile. As an adult who still loves playing with LEGO sets, this documentary sounds great.
Meanwhile, on the narrative side of filmmaking, Heat Vision has word that the Ninjago movie set up at Warner Bros. has landed a director. Charlie Bean, who has been behind the stellar Disney XD series "Tron: Uprising," a prequel to the film Tron Legacy, will direct the film with a script coming from brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman, who have a story credit on The LEGO Movie. Bean did some gorgeous work on the aforementioned series, and he's also worked as layout artist, storyboard artist and writer on staple cartoons from the past like "Samurai Jack," "Dexter’s Laboratory," "The Powerpuff Girls" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show." Sounds like it's a good time to be a fan of LEGO and movies. Good stuff?