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).
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.
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