Being the sequel to one of the biggest animated smash hits in recent memory, there's a lot of pressure resting on the shoulders of The LEGO Movie Sequel. And the pressure has only increased due to the film has been delayed all the way back to 2019, originally having been scheduled to drop later this year. It normally takes a long time to make animated movies, but according to The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay, LEGO 2 is taking extra long due to its big ambition. Here's what he said:
LEGO 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie. They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out.
Chris McKay is coming off of a very successful feature film debut for his work directing The LEGO Batman Movie, so he's pretty plugged into the going's on of the LEGO-verse. The director recently appeared as a guest on the Shanlian on Batman podcast to talk about all things Batman (and Nightwing), but he also took the time to explain why The LEGO Movie Sequel is taking so long to write. Frankly, it's because the sequel is literally aiming for the stars as a space-action musical. The team behind the film not only need time to nail down the script, but to write the songs as well, which does not happen quickly.
This is the first real hint about what LEGO 2 will be about, and it's certainly unexpected. After the imagination and creativity that was at play in the first movie, it was tough to imagine exactly where else a sequel could take it; apparently, space was the answer. That definitely opens the door for a number of storytelling possibilities, and it'll be exciting to see what the sequel does with the concept (a journey to Planet Duplo, perhaps?).
The other, and arguably more surprising, bit is that LEGO 2 is going full-on musical. While the first film had one or two original songs, it couldn't be called a musical. It's an interesting pivot for the franchise, and given the success of "Everything is Awesome," those new songs certainly have a lot to live up to.
There's still about a hundred things we still don't know about The LEGO Movie Sequel. So far, none of the original cast has been confirmed to return, such as Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, and Will Ferrell. If they do come back, does that mean they'll be singing as well? Mike Mitchell takes over directing duties from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, while Raphael Bob-Waksberg rewrites a script written by the duo.
The LEGO Movie Sequel is currently scheduled to hit theaters on February 8, 2019.