Warner Bros. Sets Release Dates for Lego Movie, Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'
Warner Bros. has constructed a release date for its 3D Lego movie. At the same time, it has penciled in a date for 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic being made with Legendary Pictures.
The studio has set a Feb. 28, 2014, for the untitled CGI Lego film, which is in production. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directing team behind the live-action hit 21 Jump Street, are helming the movie from their screenplay. (The duo will share story credit with Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman.) Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing.
No other movie is set to open on the date.
42, being directed by Brian Helgeland, will open April 12, 2013. The release is timed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, held every April 15 to commemorate the date in 1947 when Robinson broke the MLB color barrier by playing his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Chadwick Boseman is portraying Robinson, and Harrison Ford is playing Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson.
42 is set to start production May 14 in Birmingham, Ala. It also will shoot in Atlanta and Macon, Ga., as well as Chattanooga, Tenn. The city’s Engel Stadium will double for Brooklyn’s long-gone Ebbets Field.
The April 12 date pits the movie against Tri-Star’s Evil Dead remake.