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'LEGO Movie' Sequel Sets a Director; Lord and Miller Still Producing

21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The LEGO Movie is, without a doubt, the success story of early 2014, drawing critical raves and earning stacks of cash at the worldwide box office ($363 million and rising). Warner Bros. wasted very little time in staking out a release date for the sequel, so as to allow for the proper time for animation on the stop-motion/CGI hybrid.

Plot details for the LEGO Movie sequel are naught to be found, since it's still very early in the development stage. However, this will be a direct followup to Lord and Miller's original movie - itself, part hero's journey, part satire, revolving around plain-as-toast LEGO mini figure Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt). Warners is also developing a Ninjago spinoff, as an expansion of this lucrative multi-media enterprise it now has on its hands.

Deadline is reporting that LEGO Movie 2 (not the official title... yet, anyway) will be directed by Chris McKay, who served as the animation co-director/supervisor on the original installment. However, Lord and Miller remain onboard as producers for the sequel, and the latter has already taken to Twitter to endorse McKay - and offer assurances that he and Lord aren't just passing the LEGO Movie property off to other hands:

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'LEGO Movie' Sequel Sets a Director; Lord and Miller Still Producing