The LEGO Movie was a smash hit when it was released in 2014, raking in $468.2 million at the box office on a $60 million budget. A star-studded cast, enjoyable story, and great soundtrack lent themselves to one of the year’s biggest movies. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco, Will Forte, and Anthony Daniels lent their talented voice work to the film, drawing in fans of the actors. Other stars made cameos in The LEGO Movie, including Jonah Hill, Jake Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Liam Neeson, and Shaquille O’ Neal.
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The first film’s success brought a sequel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Unfortunately, the sequel made considerably less money and received decent reviews, far from the blockbuster and critical success of the first. Two spinoffs were released between the main titles, including The LEGO Batman Movie, which received praise from audiences and critics while earning $312 million at the box office, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which received mediocre reviews and $123 million in sales. Now, The LEGO Movie producer Dan Lin tells The Ankler podcast the next film is in development.
“We know we have to switch it up & take to a different art form that’s still true to Lego. We should have some announcements soon… I think we’ve reinvented it in a cool way.”
How exactly The LEGO Movie is changing its style is unknown, but expect something creative from the LEGO crew. Any casting or release date is likely a ways off, but surely they will nab well-known actors for the next installment in the franchise.
Dan Lin Says The Lego Movie Was Almost Very Different
Anyone who’s seen The LEGO Movie knows how crucial the live-action sequences are to the film’s heart, and no one knew that better than producer Dan Lin. During the PGA’s Produced By Conference, Lin said he had to fight with Warner Bros. to keep the live-action scenes in the film. The studio would’ve saved millions by cutting them out, but they were simply too important to be scrapped from the movie.
“When we finally put [the movie] up for a test audience, real people, it tested very well, and the movie was working. And I got a call from the head of the studio [Kevin Tsujihara at the time]… but he said, ‘Dan, I have good news for you’ and I said, ‘Wow, what’s the good news?’ And he said, ‘You guys made such a good movie. You don’t need the live action anymore. Let’s just make it an animated movie. I’m like, ‘What? The whole reason we made the movie was for the live-action. It was so personal to myself, Chris and Phil — that was the reason we made the movie.’ [He said,] ‘No, we’re gonna save $6 million if you don’t shoot the live-action, and we just release it as is.’ And honestly, I was devastated. I left that office just devastated.”
Luckily, the live-action scenes were left in the movie, and the film is all the better for it. Fans can’t wait to see what the team behind the LEGO movies is working on, and it should be something special.