The LEGO Batman Movie Keeps the Magic of the LEGO Movie Franchise Alive
Sure, The LEGO Movies are movies adapted from a legendary toy brand that previously didn’t have any sort of familiar narrative to speak of and had people skeptical how good can a movie just adapted from some plastic mini-bricks really be?
Well, just like The LEGO Movie defied those expectations with flying colors, The LEGO Batman Movie defied our expectations that a movie adapted from a toy adaptation of DC’s Batman.
Director Chris McKay and the team of writers including Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, and John Whittington simultaneously celebrated and poked fun in a Deadpool-ish way (though far less “blue”) the mythology of Batman. We pretty much had the same sort of wondrous daze walking out of the theater after seeing The LEGO Movie.
The setting of The LEGO Movie universe just adds to the fun as they can mish-mash worlds without worrying too much about continuity that exists in source material because, well, it’s LEGO and not the actual DC, Marvel, Harry Potter, or LOTR cinematic universe.
Also, Will Arnett voicing a LEGO Batman is and Zach Galifianakis voicing a LEGO Joker is kind of perfect.
So, go see what might be the most satisfying Batman movie in years and the long awaited next installment in the LEGO Movie series if you need to feel good about something today.
LEGO Movie 2 Release Date Gets Pushed Back to 2019
Feb. 8th, 2019 to be exact.
Warner Brothers is pushing the release date of The LEGO Movie 2 almost a year back from spring 2018 to the above date. That might upset you, but the LEGO Batman Movie is coming in 2017.
Looks like you’ll just have to watch all of Netflix until then.
LeBron James Signs Development Deal with Warner Bros.
(via The Wrap)
Based off of his performance in Trainwreck, this might be a good thing.
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers might have lost the NBA Championship this year, but LeBron has just scored a big development deal to develop shows and movies for Warner Bros. Outside of the infamous “Decision”, James has generally kept a very charismatic persona. Playing Bill Hader’s best friend in Trainwreck only reinforced that notion.
Under such an agreement, it will almost be no surprise if he will be the star in Space Jam 2, which is in development at Warner Bros.
There aren’t a lot of specifics as to what, if any, projects that James is specifically focused on right now, but don’t be surprised if most of them are in comedy.
Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo Getting Rebooted For Boomerang
All the cable networks that were relying on playing reruns of hit shows from yesteryear are now having to produce many new original series. First, TV Land and now Boomerang.
Two of the most recognizable cartoon characters of all time, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo, are getting brought to a new life in 2015 as a bunch of shorts and new series are being made by Warner Bros. to be fulfill the goal of having new original programming at Boomerang, a network originally dedicated to playing old cartoons.
We’re curious to see if they’ll try to aim the cartoons at kids or take the Pixar/Adventure Time route and have something there to grab the attention of adults, especially considering that adults are the ones that probably remember “What’s up doc?” and Scooby Snacks the most.
Jason Segel and Drew Pearce Will Be Writing Another “LEGO Movie” Spin-off “Billion Brick Race”
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Yes, that puts The LEGO Movie franchise at a potential 7 movies, even though none of the sequels or spin-offs have been released yet.
LEGO Movie 2-4 have already been added to the slate as well as a Ninjago and a LEGO Batman spin-off. Now Warner Bros. has added a third spin-off to the franchise that will be co-written by Jason Segel and Drew Pearce called Billion Brick Race.
No details to the plot are available yet, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee are on board to produce and hopefully keep the fun, innovative, meta tone of the first movie consistent throughout the franchise.
“Adventure Time” Being Made Into Feature Length Movie at Warner Bros.
One of the cartoon that bridges the generational gap between adults and children together these days is Adventure Time and, knowing that, Warner Bros. is now adapting the hit Cartoon Network series into a full-length feature movie.
With this in the works, Warner Bros. will have a pretty sold hold on the family movie with those bunches of LEGO movies in the works.
“Ellen” Audience Member Keeps Coming to Conan Tapings With Christmas Gifts From Ellen Degeneres
Some of you might know that both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Conan tape on The Warner Bros. Studios backlot. So, it might be feasible that an audience member could attend both tapings and, as it’s the holiday season, take all the free gifts they’ve gotten from Ellen and bring them over to Conan.
The only thing is that Conan doesn’t usually give out gifts to his studio audience at this time of year and seeing an Ellen audience member bring them over to his studio is, well, awkward.
Crime Comedy Continues to Trend with “Frauds” from Caspe/Ozeri/Tarses and “Arms and Dudes” Starring Jonah Hill
A wave in comedy that has been slowly building towards breaking across both TV and film has been crime themed comedy.
Already in the works, Johnny Depp has the high profile thievery comedy in Mortdecai and Zach Galifianakis is starring in Masterminds, previously titled Loomis Fargo, featuring a robbery by a more rag tag bunch. It might be a stretch, but you can this year’s unexpectedly funny revenge flick John Wick in there too.
Announced this week, Happy Endings’ David Caspe, Gil Ozeri along with producer Jamie Tarses are putting together a family crime comedy at Fox called “Frauds”. It will follow low level criminals trying to work up their way to ponzi schemes (via THR).
Todd Phillips has just cast Jonah Hill and gotten crime comedy feature “Arms and the Dudes” moving forward at Warner Bros. Hill will be part of a duo that were stoners that end up dealing arms for the U.S. government (via THR). Even though The Interview hasn’t made it to theaters and Arms and Dudes has to roll into production, we think the two would definitely make a good pairing.
Perahps, out of this trend, we’ll finally get the this decade’s Snatch.
Paramount and Warner Bros. Up Their Digital Content with New Web Series “Beef” and “RejecTED”
The line between watching a web series online and watching your favorite TV show online is continuing to blur. Of course, you probably knew that having binged watched any number of hit TV series online as well as watch a run of a successful web series like This Is Not Happening with Ari Shaffir.
Knowing this, Warner Bros. has launched into the realm of content online with a division that will be called Blue Ribbon Content (H/T The Hollywood Reporter) that will feature such things like a series from the creators of Mike Tyson Mysteries centered on bad TED Talks. It’s appropriately called RejecTED.
Paramount is continuing their path of great, bizarre parody web parodies like Burning Love with Beef featuring Christopher Meloni as a sort-of-daytime-TV-judge that hears people’s “beefs” in the butcher shop that he owns. If you think it might be as awesome as it sounds, the trailer will not disappoint (cast and guest stars include Michael Ian Black, James Pumphrey, Joe Lo Truglio, Angela Trimbur, Betsy Sodaro, Beck Bennett, Michael Cera, FYI). Beef is set for a release in just over a week on Nov. 11th.
So, basically we’re saying get ready for all of this.
A LEGO Batman Spinoff Movie Is Now in the Works
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
On top of all the LEGO Movie sequels that have been planned for the rest of this decade as well as a Ninjago spinoff, Warner Bros. is now developing another installment of the franchise by giving the LEGO Batman character his own spin-off movie.
Also, to answer your question, yes, it will be voiced by Will Arnett.
There’s no doubting this is a smart move for Warner Bros. since the original LEGO Movie was a critical and box office smash hit. Note that, by 2019, according to their plans, Warner Bros. will have made and released 6 films under the LEGO Movie franchise.
Steve Carell To Star in Upcoming Looney Tunes Movie “Acme”
Warner Bros. is visiting the vault of their animated properties and bringing feature adaptations up on their development slate.
Specifically, a feature project entitled “Acme”, presumably the same Acme that is on all those anvils and boxes of dynamite, featuring the world of Looney Tunes is now set and Steve Carell will be starring in it as well.
Perhaps, if this goes well, it might be one step closer to a Space Jam 2?
Sequels to The LEGO Movie To Be Released on Memorial Day Weekend 2018 and 2019
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Film franchises are really jumping in on this announcing release dates years in advance as of late. Marvel, DC, and now The LEGO Movie franchise has May 25th, 2018 and May 24th, 2019 set as dates for the release of two more LEGO movies in addition to the The LEGO Movie 2 set for May 26th, 2017 and a Ninjago spinoff is set for Sept. 2016.
On top of all that, you should note that the presence of Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the writers and directors of the first LEGO Movie, seem to be absent in all of these sequels. Hopefully, the same tone, wit, and originality will be kept up for the next four movies.
Warner Bros. Releasing Big Collector’s Box Set of Their Comedies Over
Warner Bros. is delving into their vast archives to put together a nice, big DVD collection spanning almost 8 decades of comedy on film from The Philadelphia Story (1940) to Blazing Saddles (1974) to National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) to The Hangover (2009) and so much more in between. The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Comedy has 20 films, which you can get order now for $68.99 at Warner Bros before it’s release on July 2nd.
It’ll be a great way to catch up on your comedy film history/kill this upcoming long weekend for the 4th of July.