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A ‘Lego Movie’ version of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ is in development

Producer Chris McKay exclusively talked to Metro about their plans for a live-action, animation hybrid, and to take the Lego franchise to space.
Emmet in The Lego Movie, and Bob Hoskins and Roger Rabbit
[Photos: Warner Bros and Buena Vista Pictures]

The huge success of “The Lego Movie” back in 2014 prompted Warner Bros to order three more in the series of Lego movies: “Batman” and “Ninjago” spin-offs, as well as a sequel, “Lego Movie 2.0.” But their franchise plans go way, way further than that, as producer Chris McKay has now exclusively revealed to Metro the plethora of genres that they want to give the Lego treatment, which includes a "Lego Movie" version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

“I want to do some medieval fantasy thing, I think that would be a great genre,” McKay admitted when I talked to the filmmaker about possible future worlds and genres the Lego franchise could explore. “We want to do some sort of buddy movie. We have talked a couple of times about doing some space buddy cop thing at times. To me that is something that would be a lot of fun. I would love to do something in space, especially because Lego has these really cool Blacktron space sets, and I think that would be a really cool thing to do. Space battle dog fights.”

Chris McKay, who was an animation co-director on “The Lego Movie,” directed “The Lego Batman Movie,” and is a producer on both “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “The Lego Movie Sequel,” then went on to admit that they’re also developing a live-action and Lego animation crossover that would be akin to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

“I also think that a 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' hybrid of a Lego world and our world, I think that something like that would be a lot of fun,” McKay enthused, before admitting that they’re still working out the kinks. “I don’t think we’ve figured out the right ideas for that yet. But humans in a Lego world, or vice-versa, I think we could have a lot of fun with that. But that’s still a long way away.”

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Even when our conversation turned to what makes the Lego franchise so unique, McKay couldn’t help but bring back up the possibility of exploring a world where Lego and humans live side-by-side. “I think it always has to feel like this can’t be done in some other movie. We are the only ones that could get away with a full-sized Lego cop driving alongside human Chris Pratt.”

Fingers crossed we’ll get to see something like that in the very near future. In the meantime, you can now see “The Lego Ninjago Movie” in cinemas across the US.