After taking in over $465 million worldwide, Warner Bros. decided to turn ‘The LEGO Movie‘ into a legitimate cinematic franchise. The studio has already announced that they are developing three more LEGO films, and there will likely be more to follow.
The first two films released will be the spin-offs Ninjago and LEGO Batman. They are currently scheduled for a 2016 and 2017 release. And then in 2018, we will finally see The LEGO Movie 2, which is the sequel to the first film in the franchise. The co-writers/directors of the original film, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, planned to just join the sequel as producers.
However, after seeing the story being developed by Chris McKay, Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern, Lord and Miller got so excited that they decided to jump in and write the script. They revealed this piece of information during an interview with Empire.
And while they were careful not to reveal too much about the upcoming film, they did provide us with a little more information.
“Well I don’t want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older. When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view? And it’s nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie. Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence.”
They also explained why they won’t be directing the sequel or any of the spin-offs.
“There’s a challenge to make each one feel like its own thing. Part of the fun is finding people like Charlie [Bean], who’s doing the Ninjago movie, and Chris McKay who did so much on the first film. Each of them have their own distinct voices and ideas for tone. So it will each have its own personality and not just be, ‘Hey, remember that last movie? Here’s another one just like it!’ So that’s been a big challenge but so far it’s been going better than I expected.”
Sounds like a smart decision, plus, they are really busy at the moment. They simply don’t have enough time to direct all the films.
Ninjago will hit theaters in 2016, followed by LEGO Batman in 2017, and then The LEGO Movie 2 will be released in 2018.