The LEGO Movie has pulled in over $360 million worldwide at the time of this writing, and when a movie is that successful, you can bet the studio is already thinking about a sequel. In fact, The LEGO Movie 2 (the official title is still unknown) has already been given the greenlight and a release date of May 26th, 2017, and new writers Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan have been brought on to write the script. The big question was whether original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would come back to direct, and now that question has been answered: they will not.
But fans of the first film shouldn’t despair, because the man who WILL be directing is about as good a replacement as you could hope to find. Chris McKay, best known as the director of Cartoon Network’s stop-motion comedy series “Robot Chicken,” has been hired to direct the sequel. And in case you didn’t know, this won’t be McKay’s introduction to this franchise – he actually served as the animation director on the original LEGO Movie, so he’s a natural fit to take the reins himself and lead the charge on the next installment. Whether the story is a direct continuation of the adventures of Emmett and friends or a spinoff for the popular Ninjago brand remains to be seen.
In addition, Lord and Miller will be back, too – just not sitting in their director’s chairs. Instead, they’ll be on board as producers, just as they launched the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise by directing the first film and then came back to produce that sequel. The duo is finishing up post-production on 22 Jump Street and likely drowning in job offers for other projects, so it makes sense that they’d pass the heavy workload off to one of their collaborators. I loved The LEGO Movie, and I think McKay will do just fine with the sequel. I’m actually sort of glad that Lord and Miller won’t be back to direct it, because that means that we’ll get a new film from them instead. These guys are two of my favorite working filmmakers right now, so I’m stoked to see what they decide to do after 22 Jump Street hits theaters.
The LEGO Movie 2 arrives on May 26th, 2017. Are you excited about the sequel? What did you think about the first film? Let us know below!
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