Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and Oscar nominee Kief Davidson (Open Heart) are to make a documentary about Lego, the popular kids’ toy.
The duo are teaming with producers Brendan Kiernan (HeLo) and Justin Moore-Lewy (HeLo), and the GEM Group for what is being billed as the first feature-length documentary about the global world of the culture of Lego bricks.
“Lego bricks are everywhere, and this documentary is an examination of their footprint in our global community,” said Jill Wilfert, VP of licensing and entertainment for the Lego Group. “The Lego brick has transcended language, politics, age, race, art, science and technology – all through its ability to draw out the basic human need to create and share.”
The filmmakers have traveled the globe to find “compelling and heartfelt” stories from Lego enthusiasts, exploring how the toys have transformed the way that people learn and communicate. A theatrical release is planned for the as-yet-untitled film early next year.
“Any individual who has ever picked up a LEGO brick will be able to draw inspiration from these stories,” said Junge. “From rural Indiana to the farmlands of China, from New York City to Munich, from Copenhagen to Sao Paolo – children and adults alike have used Lego bricks to heal, educate and express themselves.”