Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Posters
The rebels go all Expendables in new images
Jamie Dornan Will Live The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax
Alexandre Aja's new psycho-thriller
New Horns Trailer Launches
Daniel Radcliffe's going through hell
David Frankel Set For Departure
He'll direct the science fiction romance
Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz writing the Looney Tunes spin-off
New Image For Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Joss Whedon on his bad guy, Hulkbuster and more
Fresh Look At Meryl Streep's Into The Woods Witch
Somebody needs a hairbrush. Or possibly a hedge trimmer.
New Still From Big Hero 6
See it in Baymax
See Benedict Cumberbatch In A New Image From The Imitation Game
His Alan Turing has the key to winning World War II
First Trailer For Trash Arrives Online
Be careful what you toss in the rubbish
Venice 2014: First Look At Birdman
Michael Keaton's not-so-superhero
Trailer For Eduardo Sanchez's Exists
The Blair Witch director finds Bigfoot
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz writing the Looney Tunes spin-off
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Penguins Of Madagascar
05 December 2014
Sex Tape
03 September 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
22 Jump Street (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Bad Neighbours (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lego Movie (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Warners Recruits Animation 'Brain Trust'
Phil Lord, Chris Miller & more...

07 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Phil Lord and Chris Miller

For years, the Pixar team has talked about their central creative powerhouse – the “Brain Trust” of writers, directors, story artists and more – who help to guide each of their movies through difficult gestation periods. Given the remarkable level of success generated by the process, you’d think every studio in town would have tried it at least once. Well, Warner Bros. is getting into the game with a new attempt to crack the blockbuster animation film and has recruited the likes of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to head up their team.

The think tank will at first be comprised of Lord and Miller with Crazy, Stupid, Love co-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, The Muppets’ co-writer Nicholas Stoller and Bolt/Mr Popper’s Penguins writer Jared Stern.

Interestingly, none of the team – except for Requa and Ficarra – have had really strong attachments to Warners in the past (unlike Pixar’s bunch, which includes veterans John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter), and they’re all free to continue developing projects elsewhere.

The aim apparently will be to release one ‘toon a year at first under Warners’ main banner, kicking off with Lord and Miller’s Lego film next year, Stoller’s Storks (written by former Pixar man Doug Sweetland) in 2015 and Requa and Ficarra’s Smallfoot, which they’re writing from Sergio Pablos’ idea with Pablos himself lined up to direct, for 2016.

“Warner Bros. has an extraordinary legacy in the world of animation, including some of the most enduring characters in cinema history,” Warner Pictures group president Jeff Robinov tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Looking to the future, we have now gathered some of the best and brightest talents in the industry to help us grow and broaden that legacy. Drawing upon their imaginations and inspiration, the studio will produce a slate of new and original animated films that are sure to delight audiences of all ages.”

This all sounds like a sensible plan to us - the proposed team members are all accomplished filmmakers and bring their own quirky sensibilities to the table, and it's about time that someone tried to take a look at what works at other studios and try to outdo them. With Mark Millar now taking a Kevin Feige-like overview of superhero movies role at Fox (albeit perhaps without Feige's clout) and this new move at Warners, it looks like studios are beginning to take a more collective approach to filmmaking - and that could be a good thing for fans.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Frank Darabont Re-Writing Godzilla
And there are producer issues...
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Rogues Gallery: Powers Boothe
Sin City's Roark talks us through his most memorable baddies

Richard Attenborough: In Celebration
Saluting a man who made a lasting impact on cinema and beyond…

Exclusive: Luc Besson Talks Lucy
'There is no bullshit with Scarlett Johansson'

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)