Based on their success with the animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($243 million worldwide), Lord and Miller had persuaded Sony to let them make the rare leap to live action with 2012's 21 Jump Street reboot. "We kept saying, 'Wouldn't it be funny if this movie was good?' " says Lord, who met Miller at Dartmouth College. "That was the joke of that movie: I think we can surprise people by making it not be terrible." Additionally, they had just turned in the first draft for their next animated adventure: The Lego Movie for Warner Bros., which would go on to earn $469 million worldwide.