Just over one year after The Lego Movie hit theaters, and just days after the animated blockbuster lost Best Original Song at the Oscars, Warner Bros. officially announced that the follow-up will be entitled The Lego Movie Sequel. The studio announced in October that the sequel will hit theaters in 2018, after the spinoffs Ninjago and The LEGO Batman Movie arrive in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Warner Bros. hasn't handed out exact release dates at this time, but all three projects are certainly on the right track.
The new title certainly makes sense, given not only the original Lego Movie title, but also because it is being written and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, although they are not directing. Their self-aware style was evident not only in The Lego Movie, which they directed, but also in their live action blockbusters 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. They are also producing the Ninjago and The LEGO Batman Movie, while developing 23 Jump Street, so it makes sense that they are not directing this follow-up, even though they will be heavily involved from a creative standpoint.
Along with the new title, Warner Bros. announced that Rob Schrab, who has directed episodes of Community, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation and Childrens' Hospital, will make his feature directorial debut with The Lego Movie Sequel. Unfortunately, no official plot details have been released, but we reported in November that the follow-up will have more female characters. No voice cast members have been confirmed yet, but hopefully now that a director has been secured and a new title is in place, more official details will surface. What do you think of The Lego Movie Sequel title? Chime in with your thoughts below.