Lego film to be produced in Sydney
16 November 2011
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.