The Lego Movie not only introduced a brand new way of bringing beloved characters to the big-screen, this time in miniature form, but it established a new cinematic world where there were endless possibilities for sequels and spin-offs.
In fact, in the five years since the release of The Lego Movie we have seen two spin-offs, in the form of The Lego Batman Movie and Lego Ninjago, and now The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has finally arrived.
Will there be a Lego Movie 3?
But what are the plans for The Lego Movie franchise?
“I think there’s been a lot of broad conversations that are going in a lot of different directions. I think once this film finally comes out we can finally take a breath and take stock of where we are and say what we want to do,” explains Will Arnett, who voices Lego Batman.
“Of course ultimately that’s up to Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Because they are truly the gate-keepers of the franchise. Then I think a conversation will start, 'Is this something we want to continue to do? What would we do?’ That will all start to take shape. Whatever it is, I think those guys will only do it if they can find something that really feels like it is organically appropriate for the story. If it isn’t they won’t do it.”
So what do Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to do with a potential follow-up?
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“Well we made a first movie that was really about originality and creativity. So we knew that we couldn’t just do the same thing over again and just call it a day. We wanted to spend more time with the characters that we knew. But also bring the audience something fresh and unique and have a bunch of surprises in there,” admits Lord.
“It took a long time to figure out the story for that and what we could do that would be surprising and fun. So the truth is that we love these characters, they’re like family to us and I want to see where they go next so I will always be interested in telling more stories with them.”
But while we’ll need to wait for more news on whether a third Lego Movie will be released, The Lego Brick Race, which is a racing film in the mold of The Cannonball Run, and a sequel to The Lego Batman Movie have already been confirmed.