It’s pretty much confirmed now — we’ll finally get to see the mysterious, lost Lord Miller movie The Mitchells Vs The Machines before the month is up (assuming everyone reading this has Netflix access). The streamer released its own trailer today, hyping an April 30 release date.
The story behind this one is long and confusing. Originally announced as The Mitchells Vs The Machines by Sony, the title was changed to Connected with the release of its second trailer. The release date was announced for theaters as sometime in the summer of 2020, but that entire summer went by with no appearance from the film or any clue as to if it had been rescheduled.
Ordinarily when COVID derails a movie, we would be given a new release window, or at least an acknowledgment that the movie existed, but not this time. Connected was nulled for months. Then, last January, Netflix made the announcement that it had acquired the movie from Sony and would be putting it on their service sometime soon, under its original title. So it’s The Mitchells Vs The Machines again, for good.
The film is about a dad who wants to take his family on a road trip but they’re too absorbed in their screens to care. He feels like he’s fighting a losing battle against technology, but little does he know how literal that scenario is about to become. Midway through the Mitchells’ trip, the robot apocalypse hits, and the family must learn to get along while waging war against the gizmos all around them.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines stars the voices of Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman, and was directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, who previously wrote for Gravity Falls.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller oversaw the whole thing, and their name usually means something good, especially when it comes to movies. We can’t wait to see this one (and waiting is what we’ve been doing for a long time). The Mitchells vs. the Machines streams on Netflix April 30.