The Lego Movie was one of the surprise hits at the box office in 2014, with Warner Bros. not only moving forward with The Lego Movie 2, but also the spin-offs Ninjago, The LEGO Batman Movie and Ninjago 2. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have already been confirmed to write the script, but it was never revealed if they will be back to direct as well. During an interview with Empire, the filmmakers revealed that they probably will not take the helm on The Lego Movie 2, since they are not only writing the sequel, but also producing it, along with the other spin-offs. Here's what Chris Miller had to say, when asked if they are directing the follow-up.
"I don't think so. We're writing the sequel right now and obviously producing all the other ones. There's a challenge to make each one feel like its own thing. Part of the fun is finding people like Charlie [Bean], who's doing the Ninjago movie, and (The LEGO Batman Movie director) Chris McKay who did so much on the first film. Each of them have their own distinct voices and ideas for tone. So it will each have its own personality and not just be, 'Hey, remember that last movie? Here's another one just like it!' So that's been a big challenge but so far it's been going better than I expected."
Phil Lord added that it would be "boring" if they directed the sequel and the other spin-offs, and reiterated how fun it is to work with new filmmakers.
"I think it's nice for all these other films to have their own voice and that's what's neat about working with all these other filmmakers. They come up with solutions you wouldn't think of. Watching Charlie Bean's sequences for Ninjago is so gratifying because he's able to make it play without any dialogue and has a really great visual style. It's really nice and refreshing. I think it would get boring if we directed them all, quite honestly."
Chris Miller also revealed that The Lego Movie 2 will follow the young boy in the "meta story" of The Lego Movie, only now he's four years older, while teasing how Emmet (Chris Pratt) has changed in the sequel.
"Well I don't want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who's in the meta story in the first movie when he's four years older. When he's an adolescent how does that change his point of view? And it's nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie. Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence."