In The New York Times, Deborah Schoenemen meets Phil Lord and Chris Miller who wrote and directed the adaptation of the children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett.
Soon after graduating, they scored a development deal with Disney and moved to Los Angeles. They first worked in television writing for shows, including the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
About six years ago, the team pitched Sony, which owned the rights to their favorite children’s book, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” written and illustrated in 1978 by Judi and Ron Barrett.
“We wanted to do it as a serious action movie,” Mr. Lord said.
“Like Roland Emmerich,” Mr. Miller added, referring to the director of "The Day After Tomorrow" and “Independence Day,” “but silly on purpose.”