Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 & 22 Jump Street) have signed on with Warner Bros to write The Lego Movie sequel. They wrote and directed the first film, but there were uncertainties about whether they would be returning for the second installment of the franchise. However, there is still no word on whether they’ll direct it.
It’s a big step for Warner Bros to expand the franchise as the first film grossed $468 million worldwide, the third highest grossing film of the year so far. It was also a smart transfer of a branded toy – whose transfer to a narrative feature length film was hardly an easy feat. This puts The Lego Movie squarely in the Best Animated Feature category for the Oscars.
Warner Bros has already dated the sequel for May 26, 2017. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord & Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris McKay and Kara Lord Piersimoni are exec producers. WB’s Greg Silverman, Courtenay Valenti and Chris Defaria are overseeing.