The LEGO Movie was something a shock to the system when it hit theaters in 2014, and went on to become something of a cultural phenomenon. Since then, Warner Bros. Pictures has started moving forward on multiple LEGO film installments, including The LEGO Movie Sequel as well as three related spinoff films: The LEGO Batman Movie, Ninjago, and The Billion Brick Race, all of which will release over the course of the next two years.
There has been very little information regarding the plot of the forthcoming franchise films, beyond the news that LEGO Movie writer/director duo of Chris Lord and Phil Miller have completed the first draft for the sequel (which they will not direct). However, the latest word from series producer Roy Lee hints at some potentially exciting things for fans of the first LEGO film to anticipate with the franchise's upcoming installments.
Speaking with Collider, Lee was readily forthcoming regarding the planning stages currently being set during the production of The LEGO Batman Movie, Ninjago, and The LEGO Movie Sequel, even as he was careful not to divulge anything too revealing regarding the narrative content of any of the attached scripts. When asked to comment on what viewers can expect from the LEGO Batman movie world, Lee was quick to cite his affinity for the design of Gotham City and the surrounding LEGO Movie universe, stating:
"Seeing where Batman lives in full LEGO, the audience will love. Seeing Gotham City fully rendered in LEGO. It’s currently being animated right now because it’s the next movie coming out. Batman will have the same character choices as he had in The LEGO Movie."
Lee had additional things to say in regards to Ninjago (which is sure to please fans of the original Cartoon Network animated series), while offering a far grander cinematic canvas against which viewers of the now burgeoning LEGO film universe will also be able to explore and enjoy. Lee commented:
"Anyone who knows the series on Cartoon Network will be blown away by the look and feel and huge scope of how we’ve expanded the universe of Ninjago. It’s like seeing The LEGO Movie in a ninja universe."
Finally, Lee addressed which preexisting movie characters viewers can expect to see when The LEGO Movie Sequel finally sees release in May 2018, specifically citing the fact that the film already has many of its voice actors performances in place. He then went on to mention his desire to include more Star Wars character cameos in the film. On said topic, Lee added:
"The first movie we got a lot of cameos, and it’s not that hard to get them to say yes, especially when they already have deals with LEGO. Having Star Wars, you would think would be almost the hardest thing to get, and if we got Star Wars, there’s other things that would be a lot easier."
Some viewers of the first LEGO Movie might remember the brief appearence of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon, though any additional Star Wars characters in the sequel can only be met with further anticipation and delight. And any other pending cameos can only mean more room for the filmmakers to explore and experiment with existing franchises and extant fan bases.
For now, viewers will just have to wait until the new LEGO movies hit theaters - no matter how exciting they might sound to the ears of moviegoers eager to return to the wildly imaginative world initially established by Lord and Miller's original film.
The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie Sequel on May 18th, 2018, and Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.