‘LEGO Movie’ Sequel Already in Development

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Marketing for The LEGO Movie has been ubiquitous of late, ranging from adverts shown during the 2014 Puppy Bowl (see above) to a trailer that pokes fun at Warner Bros.’ Superman flagship. The studio powers that be behind the 3D animated feature intend for it to be a big success at the box office and kickoff a lucrative multi-platform franchise; that may well happen, according to box office analysts who are predicting a hefty opening weekend take for the film.

WB isn’t wasting anytime on a LEGO cinematic franchise either, as the studio has gone ahead and set a pair of writers to work on the screenplay for a sequel, even though the first theatrically-released animated LEGO movie doesn’t open theatrically until later this week.

According to The Wrap, a LEGO Movie sequel script is currently being put together by Jared Stern – Vince Vaughn’s co-writer for The Internship and a story material provider on Wreck-It Ralph – in collaboration with an unnamed writer. The first LEGO Movie was co-written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), who drew from an early story/script by Dan and Kevin Hageman (Hotel Transylvania) and received assistance with the animation process from Chris McKay (director on Adult Swim’s cult stop-motion comedy series Robot Chicken).

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There’s no mention in The Wrap‘s report as to whether or not Lord and Miller are expected to return as directors on the LEGO Movie sequel. Early reviews for the pair’s LEGO feature have been quite positive, with Lord and Miller once again being celebrated for their ability to elevate what might’ve been a hollow commercial product into a smart, funny and meaningful piece of entertainment; take their input away on the sequel and the end result might not be so satisfying, as we saw last year with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Lord and Miller have a sequel to their 21 Jump Street reboot arriving this year – under the title 22 Jump Street – and based on early trailers, it could be the rare comedy sequel that matches the quality of its predecessor. Which is to say, the directors might be open to continuing in the sequel-making business in the future – and so long as they can maintain the same energy, heart and creativity, then we’re all for it.

Lending their voices to The LEGO Movie are Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Morgan Freeman (Transcendence), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Will Arnett (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Cobie Smulders (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), among others.

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The LEGO Movie opens in theaters this Friday on February 7th, 2014. We’ll keep you posted on the sequel’s development.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. I have to wait until it opens here next week, which is kind of awkward.

    Then again, I once spent Valentine’s Day 2009 in the company of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Testament and thousands of other fans so yeah.

    Sequel already? Good news, I love the humour of the LEGO games and the movie looks great too so that’s great news in my book.

  2. I’m really really upset Phil and Chris aren’t coming back. I concur with the CWACOM2 comparisons with quality.

    • They might be back – it’s just up in the air, right now.

      • I mean’t as writers AND directors. Not just in the directors chair. They only executive produced CWACOM2. :/

        • I gotcha, my bad.

          That said – they could end up working on the script too, if they choose to direct the sequel. That’s what they did with The LEGO Movie, since Lord and Miller weren’t the first/only ones to work on the script.

  3. Early reviews ARE good! 100% with 12 reviews on RT right now! I wait until the tomatometer has 50+ reviews before giving it a second thought, but 12 is a start!

    • Or just watch a few trailers, see if you like the look of the movie and then go see it without relying on Rotten Tomatoes and the opinion of others.

      Most video game reviewers hate the Dynasty Warriors series and consistently give them low scores but I love the hell out of them and I won’t let anyone else tell me how to think. Same principle.

      • Don’t you worry Dazz I’ve seen the trailers, clips, promotional footage (like the hilarious fake featurette last week). I’ll definitely be seeing the film this weekend.

        I just use reviews as a point of reference, they let me know what I’m in for. I’ve genuinely liked films that were panned by critics and hated films that were lauded by them. In any case, I appreciate the input before shilling out the big bux for a ticket (and/or devoting the time to rent or stream a movie).

        • Still…f*ck rotten tomatoes.

  4. Oh god, no…

    The trailers look terrible, the humor is trash and based on the people behimd this movie this means terrible news to me.

    • It’s ok you can always see……

      (trying to think of the polar opposite of The Lego Movie)

      …. I, Frankenstein? no that’s not it ….

    • Only comment I’ve seen that has bashed this movie…get outta here! This movie looks AMAZING!!!!! I hope your being sarcastic…you worthless git.

  5. Werent marvel, lotr and star wars characters supposed to be in this film?

    • As I was hoping for a dc/marvel crossover.

    • Not a chance.
      You think Disney, Sony, or Fox are going to let Warner Brothers use some of their most popular characters? Disney paid 4 BILLION dollars for the rights to mostly B list characters!

      LoTR is the only one I could see happening, but hey, that might be what the sequel is about!

  6. Not sure if it’s ever possible but I’d love to see a LEGO Justice League movie, followed by a LEGO Avengers or vice-versa, that culminates with the dream team up/face off between the 2 factions. It’d be awesome!

    I’m speaking from the fact that WB had produced, via Traveler’s Tale, DC Superheroes and Marvel Superheroes LEGO video games, but, perhaps, movies are quite different animals in terms of the rights, I guess.

  7. Who has to wait til 2016 for Bats and Supes to appear on screen together? We’re getting it this weekend! Seriously excited for this movie :D

  8. Okay with me as long as they add lego HP charecters singing the snape snape Severus snape Dumbledore song! And no Marvel really? What about hunger games where katniss is trying to shoot and she looses her bow I’d like too see Star Wars make more of an appearance

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