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Plans building for theatrical LEGO feature film

LEGO Movie

LEGO Movie

The first-ever full-length the­atri­cal LEGO movie will open across the United States on Feb­ru­ary 28, 2014, it was announced Mon­day by Dan Fell­man, pres­i­dent of domes­tic dis­tri­b­u­tion for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cur­rently in pro­duc­tion, the 3D computer-animated adven­ture will be directed by Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller from their orig­i­nal screen­play, story by Dan Hage­man and Kevin Hage­man, Lord and Miller, based on LEGO Con­struc­tion Toys. It will incor­po­rate some of the LEGO world’s most pop­u­lar fig­ures while intro­duc­ing sev­eral new char­ac­ters, invit­ing fans who have enjoyed the brand’s inno­v­a­tive toys and hugely pop­u­lar video games for gen­er­a­tions to expe­ri­ence their visu­ally unique LEGO world as never seen before.

Lord and Miller pre­vi­ously teamed on the hit 21 Jump Street and the 2009 ani­mated com­edy adven­ture Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls, which was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe Award.

As yet unti­tled, the film will be pro­duced by Dan Lin (Sher­lock Holmes, Sher­lock Holmes: A Game of Shad­ows) and Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed).

Disney Drives Mr. Toad on wild ride to Movies

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

The House of Mouse plans to adapt “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” a theme park ride that started when Dis­ney­land opened in 1955, into a live-action/CGI hybrid fea­ture film.

The ride itself is based on Disney’s adap­ta­tion of Ken­neth Grahame’s book The Wind In The Wil­lows.

Noted com­mer­cials and video direc­tor Pete Can­de­land has been hired by the Mouse House to develop the film. Best known for his work with ani­ma­tion, Can­de­land also cre­ated and directed car­toon music videos for The Goril­laz. As well, he worked with Paul McCart­ney to cre­ate a cin­e­matic open­ing to The Bea­t­les Rock Band for Har­monix.

Tron: Legacy pro­ducer Justin Springer will pro­duce the Dis­ney adap­ta­tion. Mean­while, the stu­dio is search­ing for a writer to con­vert the story into a film.

A twist­ing, turn­ing adven­ture, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride once was enjoyed at Walt Dis­ney World in Florida as well. How­ever, the ride was closed in 1998, replaced by The Many Adven­tures Of Win­nie The Pooh.

Dis­ney has sev­eral theme park attraction-inspired movie projects in the works, includ­ing a ver­sion of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with David Fincher. Its Pirates Of The Caribbean attrac­tion became a billion-dollar fea­ture film franchise.

Laika Takes On Reeve’s Goblins



Stop-motion ani­ma­tion stu­dio Laika Enter­tain­ment has put the grabs on Philip Reeve’s book Gob­lins for a pos­si­ble new film. The British novel has yet to be released in the United States. Reeve also wrote the award-winning book Mor­tal Engine.

Laika Enter­tain­ment released the highly regarded Cora­line in 2009, and has a sum­mer release of a new stop-motion film Para­Nor­man. Laika grew out of the Port­land stu­dios of stop-motion pio­neer Will Vinton.

Laika Enter­tain­ment has attached Mark Gustafson, the ani­ma­tion direc­tor of 2009’s Fan­tas­tic Mr. Fox, to helm the adaptation.

The 3D, stop-motion ani­ma­tion pic will tell the story of a Skarper, a clever young gob­lin who lives among his ill-mannered bretheren in an ancient cas­tle. Only he under­stands that an ancient evil is ris­ing that will bring all man­ner of mon­sters and myth­i­cal crea­tures into an epic mag­i­cal conflict.

No firm date has been set for release.

IFC heading “Out There” for 2012–13 season

Out There

Out There

At IFC’s first-ever Upfront event in New York, the net­work unveiled its 2012–13 orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming lineup, which includes a new scripted com­edy, the ani­mated series Out There.

Run­ning for 10 half-hour episodes, Out There pre­mieres next January.

Out There fol­lows the coming-of-age adven­tures of Chad, his lit­tle brother Jay and best friend Chris. Liv­ing in a small town, the boys run face first into the wall of ado­les­cence, the hor­rors of puberty, first loves, mor­tal ene­mies, local leg­ends, and social ostracism. They expe­ri­ence the won­der­ment and frus­tra­tion of that ter­ri­fy­ing limbo between child­hood and adult­hood. Grow­ing up is weird to do… out there.

Out There is cre­ated, writ­ten and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Emmy-winning ani­ma­tion direc­tor and pro­duce, Ryan Quincy, who was the long­time ani­ma­tion direc­tor for South Park. The series is pro­duced for IFC by 20th Cen­tury Fox Television.

Jeff Foxworthy, friends voice CMT’s Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters

CMT has picked up the network’s first-ever ani­mated project, Jayson Dins­more, exec­u­tive vice-president of pro­gram­ming and devel­op­ment, announced Wednes­day dur­ing the network’s annual upfront presentation.

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Jeff Fox­wor­thy, Bill Eng­vall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice char­ac­ters on the series Bounty Hunters, sched­uled to debut on CMT in 2013.

Lisa Lam­pan­elli will also be a voice on Bounty Hunters, a hilar­i­ous tale about three friends and their two-bit bounty hunt­ing busi­ness. The series is a pro­duc­tion of Muse Enter­tain­ment and Par­al­lel Entertainment.

We’re in the midst of a bold, new era here at CMT with more record-setting series than ever before,” said Dins­more. “We just closed our strongest quar­ter in two years, signed our first ani­ma­tion deal with the Blue Col­lar Com­edy team and announced our newest slate of broad-appeal orig­i­nals with some of the top pro­duc­ers and tal­ent in the busi­ness. It’s a great time to be at CMT.”

Join­ing Dins­more onstage in front of a small, invitation-only crowd at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design were spe­cial guests Kelly Ripa and Mark Con­sue­los, exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of CMT’s upcom­ing series Cheer, along with series star and coach Patty Ann Romero. Top Via­com brass, includ­ing Philippe Dau­mon and Tom Doo­ley, were among the crowd, along with Via­com Music and Logo Group pres­i­dent Van Tof­fler and CMT pres­i­dent Brian Philips. The event closed with Repub­lic Nashville super­stars The Band Perry per­form­ing a three-song set that included their quadruple-platinum #1 smash sin­gle, “If I Die Young.”

So far this year, CMT has launched its two highest-rated series in net­work his­tory, Bayou Bil­lion­aires and My Big Red­neck Vaca­tion. The network’s con­tin­ued suc­cess crosses all screens, with orig­i­nal series stream­ing at an all-time high on CMT.com and triple-digit growth across social media. The network’s biggest show of the year, the annual CMT Music Awards, will air live from Nashville on Wednes­day, June 6.

Monty Python troupe reunites for animated film bio

A Liar's Autobiography

A Liar’s Autobiography

EPIX, the pre­mium enter­tain­ment chan­nel, video-on-demand and online ser­vice, announced Mon­day that it is in pro­duc­tion on A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy, a 3D ani­mated fea­ture film based on the mem­oir of Monty Python mem­ber Gra­ham Chap­man, who died in 1989.

Made in asso­ci­a­tion with Bill and Ben Pro­duc­tions Ltd., Trin­ity (UK) and Brain­storm Media, A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy tells the story of Chapman’s life in the famously atyp­i­cal Python style.

The film will be released the­atri­cally in Britain by London-based Trin­ity. Its world tele­vi­sion pre­miere will be in both 2D and 3D on EPIX and EpixHD.com next spring.

The EPIX orig­i­nal will fea­ture record­ings of Chap­man that he made of his book in 1982. Pre­mier­ing under the newly intro­duced EPIX Pic­tures ban­ner, the film reunites mem­bers of the Monty Python troupe.

A plethora of ani­ma­tion com­pa­nies are cur­rently work­ing on the film: Asy­lum Films, Made Visual Stu­dio, Not to Scale, Treat Studio’s, Peepshow, Steven Lall, Sher­bert, Super­fad, Mr & Mrs Smith, Trunk, Cake, Arthur Cox, A for Ani­ma­tion, Tun­dra and Beakus.

This inno­v­a­tive and mod­ern take on Chapman’s comic genius is an excit­ing event, and EPIX is thrilled to pre­miere A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy in the United States,” said EPIX pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Greenberg.

I had no idea until recently that Gra­ham Chap­man is in fact dead — I thought he was just being lazy,” said Monty Python’s Terry Jones. “How­ever, I am now delighted to find myself work­ing with him again on this excit­ing project.”

The fea­ture is being pro­duced and directed with that trade­mark Python humor by Bill Jones, Ben Tim­lett and Jeff Simp­son of London-based Bill and Ben Pro­duc­tions, respon­si­ble for Who Killed Nancy, Rebel Truce — The His­tory of the Clash, Chem­i­cal Wed­ding and Monty Python Almost the Truth: the Lawyers Cut.

We’ve been work­ing closely with the Chap­man estate and the Pythons to make sure we get this exactly right,” said Simp­son. “Gra­ham would be delighted that his work is being reimag­ined in glo­ri­ous 3D. He always loved wear­ing silly glasses.”

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Mark Sandell of Trin­ity (UK) and Meyer Shwarzstein of Brain­storm Media will dis­trib­ute the ani­mated fea­ture in the United King­dom and the United States, respectively.

The British com­edy group Monty Python is best known for their TV com­edy sketch show Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus, which first aired on BBC in 1969. The series was cre­ated, writ­ten and per­formed by Chap­man, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The troupe brought their com­edy to the big screen with the fea­ture films And Now For Some­thing Com­pletely Dif­fer­ent (1971), Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975), Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979) and Monty Python’s the Mean­ing of Life (1983). All com­bined live action with ani­mated sequences by Gilliam.

The eccen­tri­cally told A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy was first pub­lished in Britain in 1980 and repub­lished in 1999. The book gives read­ers a look into Chapman’s hilar­i­ous and touch­ing life. He relates the extra­or­di­nary and sur­real account of his more than event­ful life — whether as moun­taineer or med­ical stu­dent, actor or alco­holic, het­ero­sex­ual groupie guz­zler or homo­sex­ual com­ing to terms with himself.

As a cel­e­brated mem­ber of the Monty Python team, his zany wit became famil­iar to mil­lions of view­ers world­wide. The New Yorker described A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy to be “required read­ing for Monty Python fans,” and London’s Evening Stan­dard claims that it is “an inter­cours­ingly good book… def­i­nitely not a present for your aunty.”

A loony yet sin­cere account, this story uncov­ers the com­plex­ity and real­ity of Chapman’s life. Chapman’s audio book was recorded and released in 1989 shortly before his death.