Monday, April 20, 2015

Warner Animation's New Slate


Warner Animation Group has an all-new slate!

Up until now, it seemed as if the plan would be this...

Ninjago, a Lego Movie spin-off based on the long-running Lego toyline (which also has a series on Cartoon Network that's still running), was set for fall 2016 (9/23). Then it would be followed by a film in early 2017 (2/10), a film that was not yet determined. The Lego Batman Movie would follow on May 26, 2017, and 2018 would hold another untitled film (2/9) and The Lego Movie Sequel (5/25). A couple of originals and another Lego spinoff - The Billion Brick Race - were in development...

Then a little something called Star Wars Episode VIII happened. Disney decided that they will launch the next chapter in the new trilogy on May 26, 2017, the date that The Lego Batman Movie occupied. They not only changed that film's release date, they also rearranged their entire slate. Ninjago has also been pushed a year as a result.

But the biggest news, for me, is this...

Remember Storks? That original project that WB mentioned to the press when they announced that they were starting up an animation think tank back in January 2013? It was set to be directed by former Pixarian Doug Sweetland (director of the studio's hilarious 2008 short Presto), and at one time they thought it would be a 2015 release. That seemed unlikely as time passed, but now...

It's set to come out on September 23, 2016...

All I can say is... Finally! For a little while, it seemed like WAG's slate would be nothing but Lego pictures for a little while. The Muppets writer and Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller is now set to direct the feature with Sweetland, he will also be writing the script. Good combo right there! Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer will provide voices, another plus! Even better, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be executive producers, being part of WB's animation think tank/brain trust-esque group.

What follows Storks?


The Lego Batman Movie, which is now set to open on February 10, 2017. Ninjago follows on September 22, 2017. The Lego Movie Sequel has been moved up a week, it'll now open on May 18, 2018. Nothing is set for a February 9, 2018 release yet... I reckon it'll be Smallfoot, since that project was also announced back in 2013 and it's from Despicable Me originator Sergio Pablos. I heard a while back that development on it was going along quite well.

I'm happy to see that WAG's slate has been amped up, and I'm happy to see that one of the originals has been inching towards completion. Silly me for assuming one wasn't, you gotta watch these secretive studios. You never know what they'll launch at you!

As for Storks and Ninjago's release dates, well... Sony Animation certainly isn't going to be content, considering that they have had two undetermined films set for those two dates for almost two years, but that's another story...

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. No sign of that Bone movie, unfortunately. . .

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