The executives at Warner Bros. are gung-ho about setting release dates right now. Yesterday, they moved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice up to March of 2016, and then they dropped a bomb on the movie release calendar by setting two DC movies per year from now until 2020, and also included two event movies in the mix that could end up being sequels to the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But they’re not done yet.
THR reports that the studio has also claimed two more release dates for upcoming films: On May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019, two untitled animated films will hit theaters, and THR’s sources say they’ll both be LEGO movie sequels. Considering WB has already dated The LEGO Movie 2 for May 26th, 2017, it seems like a good bet that these two new slots will also be taken by the brick-based franchise. A film based on the popular Ninjago toy line is also in the works for 2016, so current speculation says that the studio will alternate releases, putting out direct LEGO films in 2017 and 2019 and Ninjago films in 2016 and 2018. Makes sense to me.
But without writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will this entire franchise start to turn into what many feared the first movie would be – a soulless property that’s really just a transparent attempt to cash in on merchandising? I hope not, because The LEGO Movie is one of my favorite films of the year so far and I’d hate to see its sequels drop in quality so dramatically. We’ll see how it plays out, but either way, WB appears to be going all-in on this franchise and is laying the groundwork for some ambitious plans over the next five years.
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