Many assumed The Lego Movie would be a hit, but the film’s worldwide haul of over $468 million came as quite the pleasant surprise. The film was widely applauded upon release, and even made it in our Top Ten Movies of 2014 list, so it was a no-brainer that a sequel be greenlit.
There hasn’t been much revealed about the sequel, that is until now. In an interview with Empire, directors and screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller said they would most likely not be directing the follow-up that they are currently writing. Understandably, one of the main concerns they have is ensuring that each sequel and spinoff feel fresh and original.
“We’re writing the sequel right now and obviously producing all the other ones,” Miller said. “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.”
Lord and Miller did not originally intend to pen The Lego Movie 2, afraid they may not have much more to say.
“We thought we’d said everything we wanted to say about creativity and imagination and the inherent nature of Lego, and that left-brain/right-brain nature,” Miller said. “So we were scared about trying to write something that felt like the next chapter and new ideas and not just a rehash.”
Lord continued, revealing that they have only outlined the screenplay.
“We’ve opened a Final Draft document and titled it,” Lord said. “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.”
The duo is careful to not reveal too much about what the sequel’s plot will entail, but they still reveal a bit of a gem.
“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,” Miller said. “When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view?”
Lord and Miller still haven’t announced what their next directing feature will be, but their in-demand status (the pair also directed 21 Jump Street and its sequel; huge box office hits) means they would have the freedom to ensure it’s a project they’re passionate about.
The Lego Movie 2 is expected to be released in 2018.