Lego film to be produced in Sydney


NSW will be the production base for  a new animated feature film based on the popular children's construction toy  LEGO®.

Warner Bros. has contracted Academy  Award-winning Sydney  animation studio Animal Logic to make the family entertainment comedy at Fox  Studios Australia

The NSW Government has helped  secure the production for the State's film industry with assistance from NSW  Trade & Investment's State Investment Attraction Scheme.

Acting NSW Premier and Minister for  Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced the film win alongside Animal  Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian on 16 November.

"Congratulations to Animal Logic  for beating strong international competition from the US and Canada to secure this major  animated film production," Mr Stoner said.

"The production of LEGO will see up  to $48 million spent in NSW, which will include commitments to industry  research, development and training.

"The film will employ over 200  people during its peak.

"The LEGO film will be based on the  popular children's LEGO building blocks and include licensed LEGO characters.

"LEGO will be an innovative film  incorporating the latest animation and photo-real techniques which will  demonstrate the strength of NSW creative technology skills and enhance the  international reputation of Sydney  as a film location.

"Not only will the securing of LEGO  enable Animal Logic to retain staff through an ongoing work schedule but it  will also place Sydney in a strong position to secure further work should sequels  be planned later."

Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian  said: "LEGO is further testament that Sydney is now established as one of the  world's great digital animation centres.

"With LEGO, Animal Logic continues  to develop and produce ground breaking digital entertainment and to build a  talent base that's second to none anywhere in the world."

Steve Papazian, President of  Worldwide Physical Production for Warner Bros. Pictures, said "I want to extend  my appreciation to the NSW Government for its continued support. We look  forward to building upon our valued relationship."

LEGO is due for release in 2014  with Warner Bros. both producing and distributing the film internationally.

The film's directors will be Phil  Lord and Chris Miller, who co-directed the 3D animated comedy Cloudy with a  Chance of Meatballs (2009) which grossed $239 million worldwide.

The LEGO film is being written and  directed by Lord and Miller, with Chris McKay serving as co-director. Dan Lin  and Roy Lee are producing. LEGO Company's Jill Wilfert will executive produce  and Lin Pictures' Seanne Winslow will co-produce.


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