LEGO Movie Director Has Big Plans for Spider-Man and The Flash


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As the directing duo behind 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are among the most sought after directors in Hollywood. In fact, they are so in demand that they currently have projects in development with both Marvel and DC.

Lord recently discussed these projects with Hippojuice—and the excerpts posted by /Film promise a fresh take on the genre. The first of these is a live-action version of The Flash that Lord and Miller are trying to distinguish from another incarnation of this property. “There’s a really popular TV show out there, and we’re trying to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that,” says Lord. “It really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie. We’re just trying to think of the best story. I think you guys will like it. It’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff.”

Admittedly, that’s somewhat vague, but any promise of originality is exciting in the increasingly familiar world of superhero movies. Which brings us to the animated Spider-Man that Lord and Miller are developing alongside The Flash. While Lord jokes about the danger of confusing their heroes’ powers (“it does get tricky”), he sees a potential to break new ground with both projects, particularly Spider-Man.

“The exciting thing about it being animated is it opens up a lot of different possibilities,” he explains. “Chris and I like to carve out spaces where people will let us do what we want. So much of our careers are like, ‘Oh, no one will bother us while we try to make a 21 Jump Street movie because it’s such a crazy idea. No one’s going to know what to do with it.’ So we’re doing these things kind of like that. They’re part of these huge franchises, but kind of are off a little bit to the side, and that gives us a lot of creative freedom, and that’s the thing we love. Hopefully we won’t waste that.”