Briefly: The Lego Movie was an unusual February release this year — the date isn’t typically where a family-friendly franchise opener would go. Co-director Phil Lord said in a Q&A I attended that part of the reason for the early release window was that open options for a release later in 2014 would have had the film butting up against the World Cup, and Warner Bros. was concerned about having to share its audience with the beautiful game. The February date didn’t hurt the film, and may have even helped it to a tremendous opening weekend and solid performance afterward. The fact that the film is great doesn’t hurt, either.
For the sequel, the release date will not be an issue. The Lego Movie 2 (or whatever it will be called) is now set to release on Memorial Day weekend 2017, specifically on May 26. Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are scripting; we have no confirmation about whether Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct. [Variety]
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Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Hollywood might be learning a lesson about toy-based films. Yes, the Transformers franchise continues to rake in the dough, but Battleship was one of the floppiest flops of the year, and Universal scrapped their plans to make movies based on other Hasbro board games.
Then The Lego Movie hit theaters, dominating the box office and earning stellar reviews besides. Suddenly, a Monster Trucks movie looks like a good idea. Such a good idea, in fact, that it’s begun casting, with Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class‘s Lucas Till eyed for the leads.
After the jump, find out more about that, as well as why Warner Bros. is considering making Ninjago before it gets around to The Lego Movie 2. Read More »
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie opens this weekend and it is awesome. We’ll have more later this week on the film, including an interview with the directors. Even though the film isn’t out yet, Warner Bros. is already celebrating. The studio has reportedly hired Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to begin work on a sequel. Read More »
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