‘The LEGO Movie’ Directors Talk About Batman Spin-off

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
‘The LEGO Movie’ Directors Talk About Batman Spin-off

“The LEGO Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as well as “LEGO Batman” spin-off director Chris McKay talk about the upcoming LEGO pics and how they’re prepping up for it. Read on for more details on this story.

Though “The LEGO Movie” may have gotten snubbed out of the Oscars for best animated feature category, it doesn’t stop LEGO directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from getting other awards for the pic. The duo shares what it was like after the Oscar nomination announcements and where “The LEGO Movie 2” would stand, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter during the Annie Awards where the two won an Annie for writing the movie.


“A roller coaster, I think, is a generous way to put it,” Lord admits. Both Lord and Miller are writing for the sequel, which was earlier reported to be set four years after the original pic, revisiting characters such as Emmet. No confirmations yet if both Miller and Lord will return to direct the sequel. Miller and Lord will be heading to London next week for the BAFTA awards.

Also present at the Annie Awards was Chris McKay who is attached to direct the upcoming “LEGO Batman” spin-off, where both Miller and Lord are also writing for.

“We looked at Batmobiles this morning. We went to Warner Bros. and opened up all the Batmobiles. We took photos of the interiors and the exteriors, as well as of the costumes and artwork. It was amazing. It was the best trip,” Mckay  THR.

Miller and Lord went on and joked about how they’ll get to try on the suits next, and that they hope to try on Adam West’s classic bat suit, George Clooney’s, as well Joel Schmacher’s with the nipples from “Batman & Robin,” or “the sexiest one” as Lord puts it.

“LEGO Batman” and “The LEGO Movie 2” are two out of the three LEGO movies that will be headlining out in the near upcoming years. First up is the spin-off “LEGO Ninjago,” produced by Lord and Miller and set for a Sept. 23, 2016 release. Based on the LEGO kit set and TV show of the same name, “Ninjago” will be set in a very different universe which is far from what was established in “The LEGO Movie.” Charlie Bean is to direct the pic from a script by the Hageman brothers, Dan and Kevin, who also wrote for the cartoon series “LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” and co-wrote the story for “The LEGO Movie.”  Dan Lin and Roy Lee will be joining Lord and Miller as producers as well.

Following “Ninjago” will be “LEGO Batman,” a direct spin-off of the original pic featuring the LEGO’s Dark Knight voiced by Will Arnet, which is set for a 2017 release. Chris McKay, who served as animation supervisor on “The LEGO Movie,” will be directing the film written by Lee, Lin, Lord, Miller and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Finally by 2018, the “The LEGO Movie 2” sequel will head out into theaters. Set four years after the events of the original pic, the sequel will see how the characters from the original film have all grown up, with Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and questioning the whole point of his existence.

And that’s our latest scoop on the LEGO movies. For more updates and upcoming flicks, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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