A sequel to The LEGO Movie was inevitable, but unlike a majority of animated features these days, this one is actually earned. The first film (which is still in theaters) is a wonderfully exuberant movie with plenty of comedy, but it also has a point to make about how we interact with pop culture. Writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the creative force behind the first movie (they also made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street into films that were far better than they had any business being), and their energy and wit resulted in a joyful, thrilling movie that has already banked over $200 million at the worldwide box office.
The sequel has received a Memorial Day Weekend release date of May 26th, 2017, and will be written by Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere). The release date sounds about right – it takes much longer to create that level of animation than you might initially think – but the writers are…well, let’s just call them “unproven” at this point. Lord and Miller already had a good track record heading into the original, but it remains to be seen if Stern and Morgan can craft a screenplay with as much heart and humor the next time around.
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