Will the ‘Ninjago’ Movie Arrive Before ‘LEGO Movie 2′?

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Ninjago Movie Before LEGO Movie 2 Will the Ninjago Movie Arrive Before LEGO Movie 2?

As the old Hollywood saying goes, “One good film deserves another franchise,” and never was it clearer than the surprise success of Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie. Even before the film had been released to audiences, the plans were in place for not only The LEGO Movie 2, but a motion picture adaptation of the spinoff toy line ‘Ninjago.’ If mixing DC’s biggest superheroes with LEGO could work, then there’s surely room for some ninja/LEGO action as well.

However, Warner Bros. must now face the decision of moving forward with a sequel to capitalize on the breakout hit’s momentum or building a Ninjago Movie instead. Will they be developed simultaneously? Will they share a universe? And most importantly, which one can audiences expect to see hit theaters first?

There’s no question that The LEGO Movie proved skeptics wrong, taking what seemed at first to be a shaky premise and building it into an irrefutable first chapter in a brand new movie franchise (read our review). Much of that credit belongs to the directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs21 Jump Street), and that seems to be all too clear to the executives at Warner Bros., who are keeping the pair attached to the budding universe (at least for now).

According to a report from THR, the coming weeks will see the studio decide just how quickly they will put success into motion, and green-light both planned additions to the LEGO movie family. It seems that the prior deadline for putting Ninjago into production has been moved forward by the toy manufacturer (easy to understand, given the success of Lord and Miller’s venture), but WB only has rights to one sequel, meaning the ninja-themed film could be fast-tracked to add yet another branch onto the franchise, laying the foundations for a shared brand that could be best for everyone.

The Lego Movie Will the Ninjago Movie Arrive Before LEGO Movie 2?

Which project is put into motion first is largely an afterthought, since the leadership and writing of each film is heavily overlapped. Lord and Miller may have gotten screenplay credits for The LEGO Movie, but it was based on a story developed with Dan and Kevin Hageman, the creators of the animated series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. That same pair has already submitted a story treatment for Ninjago, with Lord and Miller staying on as producers. Tron: Uprising‘s Charlie Bean is on hand to direct.

Even though much of the talent will remain from one project to the next, it remains to be seen if Ninjago – clearly a property aimed at children – can find the same wide appeal at the box office, even if its eastern themes and Chinese influence could help it overseas. And as promising as the public reaction to The LEGO Movie may be, Dan Hageman feels the pressure it brings:

“The success of ‘The LEGO Movie’ is great, but it’s also a burden and a curse… It set the bar really high for the franchise.”

LEGO Movie Green Ninja Cameo Will the Ninjago Movie Arrive Before LEGO Movie 2?

Only time will tell how the producers intend to move forward, and just how connected the budding franchises may be to one another. What do you think makes the most sense? Should the filmmakers take the brief cameo of the Green Ninja as a jumping-off point for a Ninjago film, or aim it squarely at younger audiences? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: THR

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  1. Will the ‘Ninjago’ Movie Arrive Before ‘LEGO Movie 2′?

    No.

  2. As a huge fan of the Lego Movie I can honestly say I wouldn’t see a Ningago movie; however I said the same thing about the Lego Movie till I saw the trailer. So, yeah……

  3. “Abraham Lincoln-Logs: Vampire-Fighter”.

  4. I think they could well go with the shared universe idea, considering The Green Ninja plays a huge role in Ninjago and was in the LEGO movie, though I don’t see the two stories ever overlapping that much considering how concrete things in the Ninjago world are.

    While I don’t think it would have the same mass appeal, I think the movie could do pretty well, given a chance. The Ninjago series is actually pretty well written. Yes, it’s a childrens’ movie, but so are a lot of Disney movies and they seem to generally do well, so the audience is clearly there.

    I think Warner is good either way. I’m personally a fan of Ninjago so the film would appeal to me. I’m a fan of what I’ve seen for the LEGO movie, and hope to see it soon. I’m satisfied either way, but I think going with Ninjago is the riskier move, but if they ever thought about going with a new series (some people have called for a Bionicle film,) I think Ninjago is a solid choice.

  5. Keep that ninjago movie a stupid tv show and just continue off of the formula that worked so freaking well for the lego movie. Don’t do Bieonicole the movie, Ninjago the movie. Just keep it The lego movie. Do not isolate it to one type of lego brand.

  6. OMG. This is too much already! The world doesn’t revolve around legos…

  7. Anyone think they should go ahead and make Justice League: Lego?

    • You mean LEGO Batman 2? Or expand on that since the actual Justice League parts were relegated to the final two story missions?

  8. Finally, it is about time LEGO started putting more movies out