The Lego Movie
|The Lego Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Phil Lord
|Produced by||Dan Lin
|Screenplay by||Phil Lord
|Story by||Dan Hageman
|Based on||Lego Construction Toys|
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Editing by||David Burrows
|Studio||Village Roadshow Pictures
Lego System A/S
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Lego Movie is an upcoming 2014 American-Australian computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and based on the Lego line of construction toys. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Liam Neeson, and is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2014.
An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Special one who can save the Lego universe. With the aid of an old mystic named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the Lego universe by gluing it together.
- Chris Pratt as Emmet
- Will Arnett as Batman
- Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle
- Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius
- Will Ferrell as President Business/Lord Business
- Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop
- Nick Offerman as Metal Beard
- Charlie Day as Spaceman Benny
- Jonah Hill as Green Lantern
- Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman
- Channing Tatum as Superman
- Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty
The film has been in development at Warner Bros. since 2008. In August 2009, it was announced that Dan and Kevin Hageman were writing the script for a comedy action adventure live-action/animated film. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired in June 2010, to write and direct the film. In November 2011, it was reported that Warner Bros. had green-lit the film, with a schedule to release it in 2014. Australian Animal Logic will provide the animation, which is expected to comprise 80% of the film. Chris McKay, the director of Robot Chicken, has also joined Lord and Miller to co-direct the film. In March 2012, Lord and Miller revealed its working title, Lego: The Piece of Resistance, and a storyline: "It involves many worlds. Basically, the least qualified Lego characters in the universe having to keep the world from being frozen together." In April 2012, Warner Bros. scheduled the film for February 28, 2014.
The first cast was reported in June 2012, with Chris Pratt voicing Emmet, the lead Lego character, and Will Arnett voicing Lego Batman; while the role of Lego Superman has been offered to Channing Tatum. In August 2012, it was revealed that Elizabeth Banks will voice "tough-as-nails" Lucy (later renamed Wyldstyle) and Morgan Freeman will lend his voice to Vitruvius, an old mystic. The film will tell a story of Emmet, an ordinary, law-abiding, Lego minifigure, who is mistaken for the most extraordinary Master Builder. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers including Vitruvius, Wyldstyle and Batman, on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. In October 2012, Warner Bros. shifted the release date for the film, simply titled Lego, to February 7, 2014. On November 2012, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Nick Offerman have signed on for roles. Brie will voice a member of Emmet's team with a powerful secret, Ferrell will play a villain named President Business, Neeson will play a foe called Bad Cop, and Offerman will play Metal Beard, a pirate seeking revenge on the President. On March 21, 2013, it was announced the name of the movie would be "The Lego Movie".
Since July 2012, a contest has been running on the official Facebook page, which will enable the winning Lego vehicle to appear in the film. 17 Lego building sets based on the film's scenes and characters will be released, including Lord Business' Evil Lair, and Cloud Cuckoo Palace, along with a new set of 16 Minifigures (William Shakespeare, Gail the Construction Worker, Panda Guy, Abraham Lincoln, Taco Tuesday Guy, Larry the Barista, President Business, Calamity Drone, Marsha Queen of the Mermaids, Wild West Wyldstyle, Scribbe-Face Bad Cop, Velma Staplebot, Hard Hat Emmet, "Where are my Pants?" Guy, Mrs. Scratchen-Post and Wiley Fusebot).
Miller's personal Lego set from his childhood, Space Village, will be utilized in the film.
The Lego Movie is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2014. The first teaser/theatrical trailer was released on June 18, 2013. The second was released on October 30, 2013, preceded by a series of teasers featuring main characters.
A video game based on the movie, The Lego Movie Videogame, is being developed by TT Games for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and Windows, to be released alongside the film in 2014.
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