The film that will be based on the popular ninja based LEGO theme is due for release this September, making it the second LEGO theatrical release of the year. During an interview with Brick Fanatics promoting The LEGO Batman Movie, Lin explained how the visual style is developing through each film.
In the first LEGO Movie it was all brick built. In The LEGO Batman Movie we’re introducing organic natural elements a little bit. In the first movie when you had Metalbeard’s pirate ship on the ocean, that water is all built of bricks, whereas now in The LEGO Batman Movie when you see water, it’s actually real water.
We’re taking that to the next level in NINJAGO because that movie, in our mind, is taking place in a kid’s backyard. You’re going to see real sand, real dirt, real trees and real bamboo juxtaposed in a LEGO brick world. So I think the look is going to be on the next level.
So I’m excited about Jackie Chan being one of the leads, he plays Master Wu, alongside Justin Theroux. We’ve hired the JC stunt team to do the martial arts in the movie so it’s actually Jackie Chan Martial Arts told in a LEGO way. His stunt team is doing all of the hand-to-hand martial arts action, then our animation team looks at that action that we’ve filmed, then translates it into LEGO style. It’s something that you haven’t seen before, we’re really excited about pushing the possibilities of this format.
For the full interview with Dan Lin, click here.