Yesterday brought some clarification of exactly what Simpsons Lego toys are in the works, as well as first word of a Legofied Simpsons TV show – news I've now traced back to some private, members only message board comments from folk who attended a Fox and Lego industry event.
It was also the day that various other bits of Lego and Simpsons news came to the fore.
So, as I was saying back in June, Guillermo Del Toro has directed something for The Simpsons. It turns out that it's the opening sequence for this year's Treehouse of Horror episode. So, it won't run as long as a full Treehouse instalment; I'm thinking it will be something on a similar scale to a couch gag.
According to the press release, Del Toro's segment:
features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history.
Which set my mind racing. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what he's come up with.
Meanwhile, stepping away from those particular yellow-skinned folk to Lego's similarly-hued own species, we learned who will be directing the Ninjago film. This is set to be the next Lego movie after The Lego Movie, and will benefit from having that film's directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as part of its producing team.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tron: Uprising and Robotboy director Charlie Bean will make his feature film debut with Ninjago, based on the Lego line of teeny weeny ninjas. Seems like a tough gig to me, with a lot of odd tones to blend, so I wish him the best of luck and certainly look forward to seeing what he comes up with.
The other new Lego movie won't be a fiction film at all but an officially sanctioned documentary. Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson will direct Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.
According to Deadline, this film will:
unspool through the lens of culture, art, and education.
Which doesn't really mean much and is awkwardly phrased but I get the idea: it's going to be an advert for Lego and show us just how amazing it is.
Of course, Lego doesn't need an advert. Dump a bucket of the stuff in front of just about anybody and they'll fall in love. It's almost the perfect toy, at least for anybody with even a modicum patience , curiosity or vision.
There. I slapped it on thick. Now can I get some free Lego?