The Lego Movie was a hit, a huge hit. The film earned over $468 million worldwide on a budget of around $60 million, so it comes as no surprise to hear that Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead with more Lego films.
Apart from Ninjago, set for a U.S. release on September 23, 2016, and a Lego Movie sequel confirmed, THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has greenlit a Lego Batman spinoff film. Chris Mckay has been placed at the helm.
Mckay, The Lego Movie‘s animation supervisor, had been originally attached to direct that film’s sequel. Mckay’s move to the helm of the Lego Batman spinoff means that The Lego Movie 2 will be getting pushed back; THR presumes till after 2017.
Seth Grahame-Smith, best known for his writing work on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and for writing the successful crossover novels Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will pen the Batman-focused spinoff.
Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is to return as the voice of Batman, after his hugely successful voice-performance in The Lego Movie.
Fans of the Lego franchise are certainly in for a great time in the cinema over the next few years, and The Lego Movie proved that Warner Bros. knew how to tackle the concept. Let’s just hope, when the time comes, they know when to call it a day.