Phil Lord & Chris Miller Give Brief Details on 'The LEGO Movie 2'
In March, it will have been one year since The LEGO Movie hit theaters and blew everyone away. The hilarious, animated wonder made it on my Top 10 Films of 2014, and we're very interested to see what Phil Lord & Chris Miller are coming up with for The LEGO Movie 2, which they will produce for director Chris McKay, who was the animation co-director on the first film. Considering the wild journey that the third act took us on, many have been curious to see where a sequel will take our LEGO heroes, and even the live-action kid who created their whole world in his mind. Well, Lord & Miller have given us some hints.
Speaking with Empire, Miller confirmed they won't direct any of the other LEGO movies coming:
"I don’t think [we'll direct]. We’re writing the sequel right now and obviously producing all the other ones. There’s a challenge to make each one feel like its own thing. Part of the fun is finding people like Charlie [Bean], who’s doing the 'Ninjago' movie, and Chris McKay who did so much on the first film. Each of them have their own distinct voices and ideas for tone. So it will each have its own personality and not just be, ‘Hey, remember that last movie? Here’s another one just like it!’ So that’s been a big challenge but so far it’s been going better than I expected.”
So Ninjago (September 23rd, 2016) and LEGO Batman (May 26th, 2017) won't just be trying to lazily duplicate the success of the first film, and they'll have their own style. But when it comes to The LEGO Movie 2, don't expect it to be wildly different, because Lord & Miller are back as writers as well. At first, they weren't sure that they had enough time to actually take on that job, but Lord says:
"Luckily, [Chris] McKay and Jared [Stern] and Michelle [Morgan] all worked on the movie a bit in our absence and really cracked the beginnings of a story and got us really excited; excited enough to write it. We should be writing right now. We’ve opened a Final Draft document and titled it. I mean, that’s really the hardest part. And we’ve chosen the formatting. That is all that’s happened so far. We’ve been outlining a bunch.”
So what can we expect from the sequel? Lord & Miller didn't want to give much away, but they did give us an idea of what they're thinking about. Miller said, "
“Well I don’t want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older. When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view? And it’s nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie. Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence.” Seeing what Lord & Miller do with the real boy character makes me think this could have flares of Toy Story where his development is just as important as the main toy characters, and that's great to hear. But we've got a long way to wait, because The LEGO Movie 2 isn't out until May 25th, 2018.