As we just examined last week, prompted by the news about the new genre and focus of Toy Story 4, when an installment of a well-known franchise takes a radically different direction it can spark a myriad of differing opinions. With this in mind, we give you an interesting update concerning an upcoming installment in an emerging film franchise.
According to Ain’t it Cool News, The Santa Barbara Film Festival hosted a screening of The LEGO Movie as part of a series of family-friendly screenings. At these screenings, they bring in filmmakers to discuss their respective films. This event is called Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies.
Immediately after The LEGO Movie‘s screening, presenter Roger Durling welcomed filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller to the stage for a Q&A session (with questions submitted beforehand).
Of course, the first thing that both were asked was what their upcoming sequel, now titled The LEGO Movie Sequel, is going to be about. This was where things got interesting.
While they did confirm things that we already know about the film (time skip, etc.), they were generous enough to drop a couple more hints about the story. First, The LEGO Movie Sequel will reportedly take place in a “weird, dystopian version of Bricksburg.” Lord and Miller don’t really delve into whether or not this is something that happened to Bricksburg between the first and second films or if this is an alternate version of sorts (for spoiler reasons, of course). But, this dystopian setting is definitely a way of taking the franchise to new, literally unexplored places.
Furthermore, the filmmakers also dropped a big character reveal to go along with the reveal of the new setting: Emmett has a sibling.
That’s right, one of the new characters introduced in The LEGO Movie Sequel will be Emmett’s sister. She will reportedly be tagging along with Emmett as they both navigate a dystopian-ized Bricksburg.
Lord and Miller didn’t reveal much more, as the following questions at the Q&A were asked by kids in the audience.
Again, this dystopian setting is quite a unique direction for The LEGO Movie franchise to take. Also, Lord and Miller are definitely staying true to their word in regards to female characters (they previously said that we will see more female characters in the sequel).
The only question left to ponder is whether or not we will see any hints of this storyline in other films in the Lego Cinematic Universe (like LEGO Ninjago and LEGO Batman).
I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.
The LEGO Movie Sequel will be directed by Rob Schrab from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who will serve as executive producers).
LEGO Ninjago will hit theaters on September 23, 2016. LEGO Batman follows sometime in 2017. The LEGO Movie Sequel will be in theaters sometime in 2018, and an untitled LCU film is set to follow on May 24, 2019.
What do you think? Are you intrigued by this new direction? Any thoughts on the reveal that Emmett has a sister? Does this make you look forward to The LEGO Movie Sequel at all?
Edited by: Hannah Wilkes