Latest update: The LEGO Movie Sequel delayed.
The LEGO Movie was an unexpected smash hit. It raked in over $450 million worldwide from a production budget of just $60 million, nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Song (although the Academy did somehow neglect to give it the nod in the Animation category) and inspired enough enthusiasm from Warner Bros. that the studio promptly green-lit four more LEGO-themed cinematic releases.
Here’s when you can expect those four LEGO movies in the UK…
10th February 2017: The LEGO Batman Movie
You don’t need us to tell you that Will Arnett’s Batman was the standout character from The LEGO Movie. From his catchy song lyrics like “Darkness! No parents!” to his undeniable skills with a Batarang, this Batman Minifig was far more than the hero we deserved.
Arnett will lend his voice to the character once more in this spin-off movie. He’ll be joined by a stellar supporting cast consisting of Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker and Michael Cera as Robin. Mariah Carey will also appear, as the Mayor of Gotham.
This one’s not too far off, so hopefully we’ll have a trailer to share with you soon. Robot Chicken regular Chris McKay is directing from a script by Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith.
Further reading: LEGO Batman movie trailers, images
September 2017: Ninjago
Although it doesn’t have a precise UK release date yet, we know that the Ninjago film will reach American cinemas on 22nd September 2017. When we get the exact UK date, we’ll be sure to update this article.
If you’re unfamiliar, Ninjago is a line of Ninja-themed products that LEGO has been producing since 2011. Martial artist Minifigs are pitted against dragons, ghosts and an array of other evil opponents (including evil ninjas, of course).
So far, the cast hasn’t been announced for the Ninjago movie, but we know that Charlie Bean – who’s directed the Tron: Uprising animated series and worked in the art department on several animated giants – is set to call the shots.
Further reading: The 12 cinematic universes currently in development
February 2019: The LEGO Movie Sequel
Proving that it’s still possible for a major studio to take their time with a sequel to a major blockbuster, we won’t get the imaginatively titled The LEGO Movie Sequel until almost five years after the original came out. It was meant to be a four year gap, but this brick-based sequel recently got pushed back.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s schedules are too jam packed with Star Wars, superheroes and TV projects to allow them to direct The LEGO Movie Sequel (that job will go to Rob Schrab, who has previously helmed episodes of Community and The Mindy Project), but they are writing the script.
We’d expect Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and many more voices from the first LEGO Movie to return, potentially to be joined by some scary Duplo toys from Finn’s sister’s collection.
The UK date isn’t announced yet, but this one will land in US cinemas on 8th February 2019.
Further reading: Doctor Who may feature in The LEGO Movie 2
May 2019: The Billion Brick Race
And finally, the latest addition to Warner Bros.’ cinematic LEGO slate is The Billion Brick Race. We don’t know the plot of this one, but we do know that it’s intended for a 24th May 2019 release (we’ll add the UK date when it’s announced). That date could change, though, now that The LEGO Movie Sequel has been pushed back.
Jason Segel (who proved his possibly-relevant puppeteering skills during Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and has voiced an animated character before in Despicable Me) and Drew Pearce (who did great writing work on Iron Man 3, and directed the tie-in short All Hail The King) are attached to co-direct and write The Billion Brick Race.
Will it be a race in a driving sense, or a race to build something? We don’t know, but we have heard that the pitch from Pearce was apparently enough to ‘excite’ Warner Bros.
Further reading: Rian Johnson interview: The Brothers Bloom, Brick (geddit? Arf)
We’ll update this article as further information about these films – and any other LEGO-themed movies that Warner Bros. put into production – comes to light.