Academy Award-winning Filmmaker
Phil Lord is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind some of today’s most successful films. On the features side, Lord and his creative partner Chris Miller have a rich first look deal with Universal Pictures and were behind the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film, which Lord co-wrote and the pair produced, won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for “Best Animated Feature”, along with a BAFTA Award, seven Annie Awards and 20+ awards by various critics’ groups. The duo is also behindThe Lego Movie franchise. In 2014, Lord and Miller wrote and directed the first installment in the franchise, The Lego Movie, which earned BAFTA, PGA, NBR, BFCA Critics Choice and Annie Awards as well as a Golden Globe nomination. The film inspired two spinoffs, The Lego Ninjago Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, and in 2018, the pair wrote and produced the sequel, The Lego Movie 2. Lord and Miller also directed 21 and 22 Jump Street and wrote and directed 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Their films have collectively earned over $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
Lord and Miller are behind the upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘ sequel which is set for release in June 2023. Other film projects in development for Lord Miller include ‘Everyday Parenting Tips’ starring Ryan Reynolds and based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker short story, a sci-fi adventure feature based on an original idea by Weir for Universal, and ‘Cocaine Bear,’ a unique character-driven thriller written by Jimmy Warden with Elizabeth Banks directing. Additionally, they’ll reteam with ’21 Jump Street’ star Channing Tatum to produce a monster movie for Universal. Lord and Miller are also developing the feature tent-pole ‘The Last Human’ for Sony, Fox’s ‘Artemis’ based on the novel by Andy Weir, and an adaptation of Weir’s novel ‘Project Hail Mary’ starring Ryan Gosling for MGM. The pair also produced the Academy Award-nominated animated feature ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ which premiered on Netflix in the spring of 2021 to rave reviews.
On the television side, Lord and Miller signed a massive five-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television, where they will be involved in developing a suite of television series based on Sony’s Marvel Characters. Most recently, they produced The Afterparty for Apple TV, which Miller created and showran. The single-camera comedy centered on a murder mystery at a high school reunion, with each episode featuring a different character’s perspective on the same story and a unique visual style. The Afterparty was recently renewed for a second season, which will debut in 2023.
Lord and Miller are also behind the FOX comedy series Bless the Harts, which was created by Emily Spivey, and the successful FOX comedy series The Last Man on Earth, which was written by and starred Will Forte. The duo directed the first two episodes of the series for which they received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.” It was also recently announced that the duo will executive produce a reboot of their critically-acclaimed animated series Clone High for HBO Max along with original co-creator Bill Lawrence and with Erica Rivinoja serving as showrunner.
Lord and Miller’s collaboration began when the pair met as students at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a mistake that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company. In 2002, they created the original “Clone High,” which was short-lived but highly buzzed-about. The series was critically-acclaimed but was probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled.
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