Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie was easily one of the biggest surprises of 2014, and it sounds like they have no plans for slowing down the zany ambition when it comes to the sequel.
Lord and Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) chatted with Empire about their new Lego film dynasty, which looks to expand in the coming years with both a Ninjango feature and a Batman spinoff currently in the works. Though the duo are likely too booked to direct The Lego Movie 2, they’re still producing — and will definitely have a big hand in where the story goes next.
According to Miller, they’re very much aware of not trying to tell the same kind of story over again. So the sequel will pick up four years after the first film and follow how the real-life boy who set the entire story into motion has changed in that time. Specifically, the lens through which he views the Lego world (and with it, the film itself):
“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.”
Lord went on to discuss the upcoming Ninjango movie as an example of how they’ve expanded the brain trust around the license, to keep fresh ideas flowing in and to ensure that each film gets the proper amount of focus. Plus, as Lord reiterates, it’ll (hopefully) keep them from repeating themselves:
“I think it’s nice for all these other films to have their own voice and that’s what’s neat about working with all these other filmmakers. They come up with solutions you wouldn’t think of. Watching Charlie Bean’s sequences for Ninjago is so gratifying because he’s able to make it play without any dialogue and has a really great visual style. It’s really nice and refreshing. I think it would get boring if we directed them all, quite honestly.”
Are you looking forward to a full series of Lego Movie-inspired films? Which branch of the Lego family would you like to see tackled next?