It’s getting to the point now where it would take less time to list all the highly anticipated upcoming projects that AREN’T being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair have had their nose to the grindstone recently, attached to Lego sequels galore as well as a Jump Street sequel and The Flash for Warner Bros., all the whole keeping their numerous tv projects humming along nicely. Well now they’re adding to their superhero repertoire with an animated Spiderman movie!
Empire is reporting that the writing directing team have been hired by Sony to created an animated movie to rebuild their Spidey rep. Even though a lot of leeway has been given to Marvel to include the web slinger in the MCU (Captain America: Civil War first and foremost), Sony can still make all the Spiderman movies they like. This time around they’re going animated and they’re going funny, drawing on Lord and Miller’s inexhaustible Scrooge McDuck sized treasure trove of comedy gold. This could be an admittance of sorts that they could never really compete in a classic superhero stage with Marvel, especially with the same character. So they’re switching things up, fine tuning their demographic and, in our opinion, opening things up for themselves in a splendid way.
The plan is for Lord and Miller to focus more on Peter Parker in high school, which seems to be the fashion now since the Marvel incarnation will most likely be a teenager. Rumours of this project have been floating around from a while now, stemming from the talks that took place in January to determine the future of the Spiderman franchise.
Hopefully this will be a new lease of life for Sony and Spiderman’s love/hate relationship: they certainly have the right people on it.
The untitled Spiderman animated movie is set for release on July 20th, 2018.
Medical school, art school, traffic school, cullianary school, the credits sequence for 22 Jump Street suggested these titles and everything in between for smart self referential sequels to the bafflingly popular franchise. A brilliant feat of self fun-loving, but is there more to the sequels than some joke? Perhaps, because according to the creators of the reboot, they’re looking to make 2121 Jump Street as much a part of the franchise as terrible accents and various East Asian Jesus’.
According to Slashfilm, creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller made references to the end of 22 Jump Street during a Wondercon panel for their new Fox show The Last Man on Earth. Lord stated that “We’ve found a way that we love that makes those imagined sequels canonical and yet does something that we haven’t told you about yet… The sequels are canon.”
Sounds ridiculous right? How could such a preposterous set of sequels have any real part in an increasingly successful franchise? Well what you have to consider is that Lord and Miller are virtuosos of self referential and meta humour, an undeniable point when you consider 50% of the jokes in 22 Jump Street. So would it be that difficult for them to incorporate them somehow?
Here’s an additional reference made by Lord in a separate interview:
“[Rothman] had a really outrageous idea for what to do, and how we could take our scorched-earth sequel policy from the end of 22 Jump Street and do something that hadn’t been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story.”
It still sounds unreasonable, but the task really couldn’t be in safer or more unconventional hands. Rothman refers to Rodney Rothman, who is penning the script for 23 Jump Street, or whatever it’s going to be called. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are also expected to return. It looks to be the oddest film canon out there, but what a canon!
It may not have won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but what animated sequel are we more jazzed about than Lego Movie 2? Oh, Kung Fu Panda 3? Well sure, but that’s an institution. Look, stop talking about Kung Fu Panda, because we’ve got some new about Lego Movie 2. Those wonderful wizards at The Wrap have reported that a director has been selected for the top plastic brick-based commodity. And the job goes to Rob Schrab! Schrab will be joining the team with original Lego Movie writing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee.
It could be that you’re familiar with Schrab but you’re having trouble putting the name to a project. Well, aside from directing all three seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program, he’s directed a whole bunch of episodes from a whole bunch of other sitcoms. Like what? Oh I dunno, Childrens Hospital, Blue Mountain State, Community, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project and Workaholics! not too shabby right?
Schrab’s also done a lot of notable work with on again off again creative partner Dan Harmon, who you’ll know as the off-again on-again creator of Community. The team has worked together on the Oscar-nominated animated film Monster House, creative collective Channel 101 and a whole mess of other comedic gems, including the infamous pilot Heat Vision and Jack. So needless to say, Schrab is more than qualified to take this job on.
Here’s what Warner Bros. executive Greg Silverman had to say about the hire:
“’The LEGO Movie’ captivated critics and audiences on a global scale with its irresistible blend of humour, imagination and fun. Warner Bros. is excited to build our relationship with The LEGO Group with this new adventure, and we join them in welcoming the multi-talented Rob Schrab to the LEGO family as he takes the helm of ‘The LEGO Movie Sequel.”
It’s gonna be a real treat to see Schrab’s take on the seemingly limitless potential of the Lego universe, and how he fills the clown shoes left by the first film.