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The Lego Movie sequel gets a new director; may be Ninjago focused

03.12.2014

THE LEGO MOVIE has grossed $366 million worldwide, making it the most successful film of 2014 so far (which will likely change when a certain red, white, and blue "Avenger" debuts next month) and a lot of that is thanks to the work of writer/director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, it seems the two will not be returning for the sequel. Warner Bros. has now set Chris McKay, the animation co-director on the first film, to helm the sequel, which is planned for a 2017 release.

The kicker to this, according to Deadline, is that the sequel details are still being worked out, as they aren't sure "whether this is a straight sequel or a film that broadens the LEGO empire by focusing on the character Ninjago." There was talk of doing a Ninjago film earlier , but it appears they're still unsure if which direction to go in the follow up for the big-screen Lego universe. Either way, based on the box office performance of the first film, it's sure to wrangle in some cash.

Personally, I loved THE LEGO MOVIE, but out of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's hands I'm a little leery of a sequel. It's a similar circumstance as CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, which the duo directed, but had no part in the rather ho-hum sequel. That's not to say that anyone but Lord/Miller could deliver a good sequel, but when you're talking about reliability, I'd feel much more comfortable with them steering the ship.

THE LEGO MOVIE sequel (or NINJAGO...whatever they go with) is set to hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

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Extra Tidbit: Would you prefer a straight sequel or would you like to see it go into a different brand of the Lego universe?
Source: Deadline

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1:39AM on 03/13/2014
No, don't repurpose the sequel into a Ninjago spin-off!
No, don't repurpose the sequel into a Ninjago spin-off!
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4:59PM on 03/12/2014
Chris McKay may be perfectly able to deliver a solid sequel; his background suggests a similar comedic sensibility. However, it is Lord/ Miller's knack for insanity and making everything work, so a little cautious there.

What has me very worried is that the producers have yet to figure what it'll be. I don't require a script or anything like that at this point, but to not even now it's general broad direction is troublesome.
Chris McKay may be perfectly able to deliver a solid sequel; his background suggests a similar comedic sensibility. However, it is Lord/ Miller's knack for insanity and making everything work, so a little cautious there.

What has me very worried is that the producers have yet to figure what it'll be. I don't require a script or anything like that at this point, but to not even now it's general broad direction is troublesome.
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2:45PM on 03/12/2014

It won't be a sequel if based on a specific Lego brand...

It will be the Ninjago movie, not Lego Movie 2. The only way they can do a sequel is to keep it like the first one, combined more Lego worlds out there. We have seen Construction Set, Western, Fantasy and City. Why not Sci-Fi or Horror, more Comic Book worlds (Like a specific action playset) More cameos from Lego-ized characters.

It needs to be about Lego's on a whole, not just one set.
It will be the Ninjago movie, not Lego Movie 2. The only way they can do a sequel is to keep it like the first one, combined more Lego worlds out there. We have seen Construction Set, Western, Fantasy and City. Why not Sci-Fi or Horror, more Comic Book worlds (Like a specific action playset) More cameos from Lego-ized characters.

It needs to be about Lego's on a whole, not just one set.
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1:43PM on 03/12/2014

Damn...

I loved the 1st movie and I seriously doubt it's going to be anything but an hour and half commerical with out Lord and Miller. I'm out on this one.
I loved the 1st movie and I seriously doubt it's going to be anything but an hour and half commerical with out Lord and Miller. I'm out on this one.
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12:58PM on 03/12/2014

Disappointed, but . . .

. . . give Chris McKay credit. Look at the work he did on Robot Chicken. The animation style was clearly influenced by him, since it compares to the stop motion animation used in Robot Chicken. The point is, as much as the success of The Lego Movie derives from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, this is different than the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel. They actually hired a director who was involved in the first movie, as animation director, co-director, and editor, and his
. . . give Chris McKay credit. Look at the work he did on Robot Chicken. The animation style was clearly influenced by him, since it compares to the stop motion animation used in Robot Chicken. The point is, as much as the success of The Lego Movie derives from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, this is different than the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel. They actually hired a director who was involved in the first movie, as animation director, co-director, and editor, and his contributions shouldn't be ignored. The big concern will be script and story (which was the problem with CWACOM 2), but if they can do this right, McKay is an excellent choice to direct.
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12:31PM on 03/12/2014
I haven't watched it yet but from I've seen so far on The LEGO Movie, it's great to see loads of LEGO character in one movie, not just any particular character. I hope the sequel can go along that line instead of just focusing on mainly Ninjago.
I haven't watched it yet but from I've seen so far on The LEGO Movie, it's great to see loads of LEGO character in one movie, not just any particular character. I hope the sequel can go along that line instead of just focusing on mainly Ninjago.
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12:31PM on 03/12/2014
Disappointing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be returning. They were a HUGE reason why The Lego film worked as well as it did. Hopefully this new director can carry that same quality into the sequel.
Disappointing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be returning. They were a HUGE reason why The Lego film worked as well as it did. Hopefully this new director can carry that same quality into the sequel.
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