Everything is awesome—because production of The Lego Movie 2 is already under way. The release of The Lego Movie received such instant international acclaim that Warner Bros. has confirmed the date for release of a sequel for May 26, 2017.
My first impression of The Lego Movie was that of a fun, light-hearted kids film with a big G for general audience rating—while also doubling up as a marketing ploy, all rights reserved Lego®. But don’t be fooled by the movie ads featuring Lego Batman and Uni Kitty. The Lego Movie also targets older audiences, with blunt, wise-crack humor and a feeling of nostalgia while watching a classic childhood toy come to life on screen, with surprisingly impressive graphics and 3-D animation. The take-home message of that story? If you haven’t seen it yet then you should do so. Fast.
With a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a box office sell-out of $275 million worldwide, any new updates concerning The Lego Movie sequel are greatly anticipated, but little is known other than the release date so far. Recent reports have revealed that the original scenarists for The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (co-writers and directors of comedy hits 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are stepping down for The Lego Movie sequel and passing the torch to Jared Stern (writer of Wreck-it-Ralph and Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely). The Lord and Miller duo also rejected the writing of the sequel to their first animated production, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The pair is now allegedly finishing up direction of 22 Jump Street. But aside from direction and executive decisions, it is up in the air as to whether or not we will see the return of voice talents such as Chris Pratt and actors Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell.
While we’re waiting on updates for the Lego Movie sequel however, Warner Bros. released an announcement of the production of a Ninjago movie—a spin-off of The Lego Movie featuring the subcategory Lego® toy-line, “Ninjago.” The Hollywood Reporter sheds light on the subject, revealing that Ninjago would likely be more of an action-adventure movie in contrast to side-splitting comedy boasted by The Lego Movie, and are flying on the release date of Ninjago, which is in competition for production alongside The Lego Movie sequel. But more critics speculate on the projected success of Ninjago; while The Lego Movie rode on the coattails of the success and universality of Lego®, the Ninjago toy-line is a newer rendition to the classic Lego® toy-lines and so will more likely appeal only to audiences of the younger generation.
Regardless, it seems Warner Bros. plans to build a Lego® movie franchise from the first global success in the box office. It’s difficult to envision right now, but if the franchise takes off, maybe we can anticipate the release of The Lego Movie: Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie: Justice League, or The Lego Movie: Disney’s Princesses.