In an interview to promote The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, producers Dan Lin and Chris McKay have shared a little more information about The LEGO Movie Sequel.
The LEGO Movie Sequel is the direct follow-up to the original 2014 movie, due for release in February 2019. While doing the interview rounds for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, Dan Lin, the producer who dreamed up the LEGO movie franchise, and Chris McKay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, have given away a few details about the plot.
In an interview with Collider, Lin confirmed that the key creatives from The LEGO Movie are back for the sequek:
The team is all back together, so it’s [Phil] Lord and [Chris] Miller, myself and Chris McKay. Mike Mitchell is the new voice who’s coming in to direct the movie. Chris and Phil are rewriting the script right now, but we’re in production. We’re picking up where the first movie left us, where the Duplo have now come and they’re attacking Bricksburg. It’s several years later, and you’re going to see the result of that.
The Duplo invasion brings a new perspective to the narrative, as McKay explains:
The Duplo represents Finn’s sister, Finn being the little boy from the live-action. The Duplo is her. The man upstairs said, “You’ve gotta play with your sister. That’s the thing you’ve gotta promise me. I’ll let you play with my world, but now you’ve gotta let your sister come in and play with your world.” Now, she’s coming in, and that’s the major thing that the movie is about. What’s different and similar about gender, when a boy plays vs. how a girl plays? What kinds of stories are there? Chris and Phil are super fucking smart and really thoughtful and sensitive writers. The kinds of questions and the interesting ideas that they’re getting into with this movie, it’s going to be like the first LEGO Movie was, where it’s about something else that’s really profound. I’m really excited about where the movie is gonna go because it’s about these things that are actual notions that people have that might even be unconscious biases, where people don’t even realize that that’s the way they’re looking at the world. You can do that in a movie like this, and still have it be a great musical with fun songs, and have action and all of the other crazy things we’re gonna get into with that movie. It’s gonna be a really special movie.
McKay certainly sells the level of depth that fans can expect, that would indeed be closer to that of The LEGO Movie than the more formulaic Batman spin-off. Lin confirms the shift in narrative:
Every one of our movies, so far, have been told from the point of view of one kid’s imagination. The LEGO Movie 2 will be the first one told through two kids’ imaginations – Finn and his sister. It’s going to be really interesting juxtaposing those two different visions.
The sets based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie are available to buy now. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is due for release on September 22 in the USA and October 13 in the UK.