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:
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) March 12, 2014
It's feasible that Lord and Miller's involvement on the LEGO Movie sequel will be substantial enough to earn them producing and screen story credit alike, similar to what happened on the followup to their debut animated feature undertaking, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. However, as of right now, the only people reported to be working on the story/script for the second LEGO picture are Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) and Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph, The Internship).
The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel was not a complete disaster, though many would agree - it was a far more generic 'toon adventure, minus the inspired creative touch (and self-effacing style) that Lord and Miller brought to its predecessor. However, that doesn't mean history will repeat itself on LEGO Movie 2.
After all, McKay was very involved creatively with the first installment - he oversaw the animation process for the film, when Lord and Miller left to begin production on 22 Jump Street. Furthermore, McKay previously worked on Seth Green's pop-culture-ribbing Robot Chicken TV series, as well as fellow Adult Swim stop-motion TV show Moral Orel - both of which have twisted senses of humor, in keeping with Lord and Miller's approach.
Combine that with screenwriter talent involved - who have relevant experience with mixing wry comedy and heartfelt material in animated features - plus the continued involvement of Lord and Miller in some capacity, and the LEGO Movie sequel is moving in what seems like an overall encouraging direction, all things considered. But, of course, feel free to let us know if you agree/disagree in the comments section.
The LEGO Movie sequel opens in theaters on May 26th, 2017.
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