Universal Pictures is reportedly in serious talks with LEGO Group to pick up the film rights to create future “LEGO” movies.
The franchise kicked off at Warner Bros. Pictures with the smash hit “The Lego Movie” and solid performer “The Lego Batman Movie”. However, fatigue has set in with both “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” and ” The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” not faring as well and both losing the critical praise for the other two.
There is a time factor in Warners’ deal and with the studio not green lighting another film, the rights have lapsed and so other studios are chasing the property. Some characters from existing films though could stay at Warners.
Producer Dan Lin will stay with the property and the pact with Universal is said to be “a much broader use of the intellectual property than the previous films”. This could include live-action hybrid features or a reimagining of Universal’s own content library through the toys.