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Emmet Batman and Wyldstyle in The LEGO Movie

February's The LEGO Batman Movie and this September's The LEGO Ninjago Movie are keeping moviegoers covered with cinematic adventures constructed from the popular toy bricks, but we're still a couple years out from seeing the sequel to the story that kicked all this off, The LEGO Movie. That could be a good thing, though, because given how much critical acclaim the 2014 blockbuster earned, there's a lot riding on The LEGO Movie Sequel to be just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. So that extra time is no doubt appreciated to make sure LEGO Movie #2 is the best it can be. Even Chris Pratt, a.k.a. the voice of Emmet, acknowledges that there are certain elements from The LEGO Movie that make it hard to follow up on. As he sees it:

The first movie is a very difficult movie to create a sequel to because, as all the best movies do, it paints itself into a corner. Especially by tearing down the fourth wall in the final act. That's a major jump, so they've got some really awesome ideas on how to deal with that and I can't wait for people to see it.

While promoting his latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Chris Pratt spent some time discussing how The LEGO Movie Sequel is coming along. Pratt told io9 that the "bulk of the work" hasn't been done yet, but he'll "really dive into it" in two weeks. From there he gave the above comment, noting that the fourth wall break in The LEGO Movie is tricky to navigate for The LEGO Movie Sequel. Fortunately for those looking forward this next installment, it sounds like the creative minds have figured out a way to address this twist, though we the audience are a little under two years away from finding out what it is.

For the majority of The LEGO Movie, it was assumed that the story was simply existing in a fictional universe filled with different LEGO environments. However, during that final act when the main protagonists were nearly defeated, it was revealed that the movie's events were being played out by a boy named Finn using his father's LEGO sets. Emmet and the gang came out victorious in the end and Finn and his father reconciled, but The LEGO Movie Sequel will definitely need to acknowledge that these figures and their colorful worlds are being acted out by people in the "real world." It's one thing for The LEGO Batman Movie to ignore this element, but for a direct sequel, that's not an option.

The LEGO Movie Sequel will assemble itself in theaters on February 8, 2019, with Rob Schrab directing and Raphael Bob-Waksberg writing the script.