The LEGO Movie 2 has revealed its title, and it’s so delightfully on the nose you’ll instantly fall in love with the franchise all over again. Warner Bros. confirmed that The LEGO Movie 2 will now and forever be known as The LEGO Movie Sequel. You’ll either think that title is a complete stroke of genius or the laziest attempt to devise a moniker in the history of movies.
The Hollywood Reporter were the first to unveil the title, and it’s also been revealed that The LEGO Movie Sequel has a new release date too, as it’s been brought forward a week to May 18, 2018. The LEGO Movie Sequel has taken over the spot from Madagascar 4, which was previously in line to hit cinemas on that date, but was pulled because of DreamWorks Animation’s reshuffle. It also comes two weeks after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which means that viewers should be pining for something else by the time that The LEGO Movie Sequel hits.
If it’s anything like the original, audiences will clamber to reunited with Chris Pratt’s Emmet Brickowski and Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle. Released in February 2014, The Lego Movie was a surprise critical and financial hit for Warner Bros. Not only did its relatively modest $60 million budget return a whopping $468.8 million, but it was also met with a rabid response from critics and audiences alike.
The writing and directing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller instilled a joyful tone to The Lego Movie that simply permeated the entire movie, while it was also featured luscious animation, stellar vocal talent, genuinely hilarious gags, and a heartfelt story. Plus, it had a rollicking soundtrack that was sensationally catchy.
Warner Bros. was quick to take advantage of The Lego Movie’s success, and they instantly sent the follow-up into development. While it’s a shame that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who are arguably the hottest property in movie comedy at the moment) are only returning as producers, Rob Schrab, who replaces the duo in this role, has previously worked wonders in television as a writer on the likes of The Sarah Silverman Program, Community, The Mindy Project, and Parks and Recreation, and is a shrewd choice.
The supreme vocal talent from the original, which was led by Chris Pratt, but also included Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Charlie Day, should all return to the fold, while it was previously teased that the follow-up will introduce Emmet’s sister. The Lego Movie Sequel will be preceded by The Lego Batman Movie and Ninjango in February 2017 and September 2017, respectively, as Warner Bros. looks to build another cinematic universe for us all to devour.