Warner Bros. Sets 'The LEGO Movie' Spin-Off 'Ninjago' for Fall 2016
Back when The LEGO Movie co-director Chris McKay was hired to take the helm of the sequel that is already set for release in 2017, there were rumblings that the film would incorporate the gestating adaptation of the toy brick company's Ninjago line. The latter project has been in development since last summer, and the studio was trying to determine if they would get the film off the ground before The LEGO Movie, and now everything is figured out. Deadline has word that Ninjago will hit theaters on September 23rd, 2016, produced by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee, all coming off The LEGO Movie.
The film will mark the directorial debut of "Tron: Uprising" director Charlie Bean, which is promising because that series was gorgeous and cool. Ninjago seems like a far too specific realm of the LEGO world to actually be as big of a hit as The LEGO Movie, but after all the praise and box office glory that film got, Warner Bros. probably hopes any movie with LEGO in the title will get butts in the seats. The Ninjago toy line is set in a world inspired by Chinese and Japanese myths, culture and warriors, complete with a storyline involving ninjas, dragons and more. There's already an animated series that has played on Cartoon Network, but that will not necessarily inform the feature film. Anyone excited?