Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
|Phil Lord and Christopher Miller|
Miller (left) and Lord (right) at the 2015 WonderCon
|Born||Philip A. Lord
July 12, 1975
Miami, Florida, United States
Christopher Robert Miller
September 23, 1975
Everett, Washington, United States
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Occupation||Film directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, animators|
|Spouse(s)||Robyn Murgio (Miller)|
Philip A. "Phil" Lord (born July 12, 1975) and Christopher Robert Miller (born September 23, 1975) are American film and television writers, producers, directors, actors and animators. Lord and Miller met at Dartmouth College. They are known for directing and writing the animated films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and The Lego Movie (2014), as well as directing the live-action comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014). Their films have received critical and commercial success.
According to The New York Times, Lord is from Miami; his mother is a Cuban-born psychologist, and his father recently retired from the aviation business and before that directed a dance company, Fusion, for 10 years. Miller is from the Seattle area, where his father runs a lumber mill.
Lord and Miller both grew up making short films with an affinity for animation. They met freshman year of college at Dartmouth and quickly bonded after an incident where Chris set fire to Phil’s then-girlfriend’s hair. On campus, the two had separate columns in the school newspaper. Lord was a member of Amarna, a co-ed undergraduate society while Miller was a brother at Alpha Chi Alpha. During his time in college, Christopher met his girlfriend, now wife.
During their time at Dartmouth, the school paper published a profile on Miller, which caught the attention of then chairman of Disney Michael Eisner. According to Lord, Eisner brought the profile to the attention of his fellow Disney executives who then offered to set up a meeting with Miller. Miller agreed to the meeting as long as he could bring Lord. After three months, the two moved to Los Angeles and after one meeting were offered a two-year development deal for Disney Television Animation.
Though nothing they pitched made it to air, they produced the pilot to Clone High, which was subsequently dropped by Fox. After they wrote and produced on a series of sitcoms, MTV informed the duo that they were interested in purchasing a 13-episode season of Clone High. Although the show was met with acclaim, MTV canceled the series after hunger strike protests occurred in India over the show’s portrayal of Gandhi as a motor-mouthed partier.
In 2003, the two were tapped to write a screenplay for what would become their first feature film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. After a year working on the script, they were fired for story issues and replaced with new writers, who after a year were also fired. Lord and Miller were then re-hired in 2006. The two completely redid the script, this time with the creative input of their crew. The new draft had the protagonist as a failed inventor who wanted to prove himself to his town. The two were almost fired again after Amy Pascal, head of Sony, criticized the film for a lack of story. Although the film succeeded on the comedic front in the animatic stage, Pascal cited the lack of an anchoring relationship in the film as a failure in the story telling. Unable to create new characters and environments to suit the new story demands, the two elevated the character of the tackle shop extra to be the protagonist’s father, thereby creating the relationship Pascal had requested. The pairs' experience on Cloudy taught them two valuable lessons: the power of creative collaboration and the importance of emotion in a story.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was released in 2009 to critical and popular acclaim. After the film was released, the two sought to try to make something different from Cloudy and pitched themselves as possible directors for the 21 Jump Street script that Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill had written. The studio agreed and the two directed their first live-action R-rated film, once again released to critical and popular acclaim which led to the production of a sequel titled 22 Jump Street.
In an interview with Robert K. Elder for his book The Best Film You've Never Seen, Lord stated that "in an animated feature, you remake the movie three or four times, and it's really easy to get bummed out that the way you did it before didn't get greenlit, didn't get paid, and you're making a totally different version of that movie."
During the production of 21 Jump Street, they pitched a take on a possible Lego film to Dan Lin. Lin and Warner Brothers loved the take so Lord and Miller wrote and eventually directed their third feature film together, The Lego Movie. The film was released in 2014.
The duo are developing a live-action/animated series, Son of Zorn, for Fox Broadcasting Company, Jason Sudeikis voicing the lead role of animated character Zorn. Johnny Pemberton and Cheryl Hines would play the live-action roles. The are also producing a cable-TV drama based on the popular NPR/This American Life spinoff podcast Serial.
On February 3, 2014, a sequel for The Lego Movie, titled The Lego Movie 2 was announced, with Miller and Lord as producers and writers. The title was later revealed as The Lego Movie Sequel, with a released date in 2019, after being pushed off 2017 and 2018.
On December 10, 2014, a crossover film of Men in Black and Jump Street was announced by Sony Pictures. Altough the duo expressed interest in direct the film, James Bobin was announce das the director in March 2016, with the duo as producers. The title was later revealed as MIB 23, but the released date remains unknown.
The duo were also picked up in 2015 by Sony Pictures to produce and write an animated Spider-Man film with the option to direct. The film's provisional title is Animated Spider-Man. The film will be released in 2018, but will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
They will also direct the untitled upcoming Star Wars film about Han Solo after Josh Trank's exit of the project. The film will be released in 2018, as part of the Star Wars Anthology series, and with Alden Ehrenreich as the titular role.
On September 10, 2014, 23 Jump Street was announced by Sony Pictures, with a release date for 2019. Lord and Miller were set to produce the film, but after the announcement that MIB 23 will replace a third Jump Street film, the project was scrapped.
On October 10, 2014, the duo were considered for direct Ghostbusters III, the third planned main installment of the Ghostbusters film franchise. However, both Lord and Miller passed on the project, leading to it's cancellation after Ruben Fleischer's refusal to direct.
|2009||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs||Yes||Yes||Also additional voices|
|2012||21 Jump Street||Yes|
|2013||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Yes||Yes||Story only
|2014||The Lego Movie||Yes||Yes||Voice role: TV Presenter (Miller)|
|22 Jump Street||Yes||Yes||Executive producers|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Yes||In production|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Yes||In production|
|2018||The Flash||Yes||In development
|Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film||Yes||In pre-production|
|Untitled Animated Spider-Man film||Yes||Yes||In pre-production|
|2019||The Lego Movie Sequel||Yes||Yes||In pre-production|
|1998–2000||Caroline in the City||Roles: Bill (Lord) and Cliff (Miller)|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane||Yes||Episode: " Crossing the Line"|
|2000||Go Fish||Yes||Episode: "Go Wrestling"|
|2002–2003||Clone High||Yes||Yes||Yes||Role: Principal Dr. Cinnamon J. Scudworth and Genghis Khan (Lord) / JFK and Mr. Butlertron (Miller)|
|2004||Cracking Up||Yes||Consulting producers|
|2004||Method & Red||Yes||Episode: "Well Well Well"|
|2005–2006||How I Met Your Mother||Yes||Yes||Episodes: "The Sweet Taste of Liberty", "Belly Full of Turkey"|
|2013||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Yes||Yes||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015–present||The Last Man on Earth||Yes||Yes||Episodes: "Alive in Tucson", "The Elephant in the Room"|
|2016||Son of Zorn||Yes|
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