“The LEGO Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to rewrite “The LEGO Movie Sequel” which will explore the topic of gender differences.
The pair were responsible for the success of the first film, turning a potential toy commercial into a critical and financial success praised for its heart and wit – leading to the spawning of a whole cinematic universe.
Due to their commitment to direct the young Han Solo film, the pair were only slated to serve as producers here. In the wake of their firing from Lucasfilm however, their free time has now allowed them to take up this job and become more involved again.
Mike Mitchell will remain on as director on the film while Dan Lin and Chris McKay will return as producers. They have confirmed the return of Miller and Lord to Collider, saying the pair are “rewriting the script right now” and production is well underway. He describes the sibling angle they’re taking:
“The man upstairs said, ‘You’ve gotta play with your sister. That’s the thing you’ve gotta promise me. I’ll let you play with my world, but now you’ve gotta let your sister come in and play with your world.’ Now, she’s coming in, and that’s the major thing that the movie is about.
What’s different and similar about gender, when a boy plays vs. how a girl plays? What kinds of stories are there? Chris and Phil are super f***ing smart and really thoughtful and sensitive writers.
The kinds of questions and the interesting ideas that they’re getting into with this movie, it’s going to be like the first LEGO Movie was, where it’s about something else that’s really profound.
I’m really excited about where the movie is gonna go because it’s about these things that are actual notions that people have that might even be unconscious biases, where people don’t even realize that that’s the way they’re looking at the world.”
Warners is reportedly still keen to have Lord & Miller involved in their “Flashpoint” film. “The LEGO Movie 2” is currently targeting a 2019 release.