It would be quite literally insane not to make another four million of these movies.
The Lego Movie clocked up nearly $70m on its debut. It racked up a ridiculously high score on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic combined, and is being talked about in the same breath as Toy Story and Finding Nemo. It’s a smash.
The Lego Movie is the best thing ever, according to everyone who's seen it, reviewed it or been in the same world in which it exists
So it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. are already in talks to get a sequel off the ground, with screenwriters Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are already hard at work mapping out possible storylines for the franchise to take.
Stern had a part to play in Bolt, The Princess and the Frog and Wreck-It Ralph. But he also wrote Mr. Popper’s Penguins for Jim Carrey, The Watchand and The Internship, both starring Vince Vaughn (not really a good thing).
Morgan wrote and produced Kristen Wiig’s recent Girl Most Likely and she directed a well-received short entitled K.I.T., about a misunderstood yuppie hell-bent on setting the record straight.
"I can't imagine this not turning into a long-term franchise," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, following the film’s brilliant debut at the box office. "This is such a runaway success that Warner Bros is now a major player in the animated genre."
The critics lapped up the action, including Bill Zwecker of The Chicago Sun Times, who said: “The visuals are spectacular, the 3D technology is artfully used and the story is jam-packed with so many funny lines, it's hard to catch all the jokes that are delivered in rapid-fire succession -- constantly tweaking many popular culture icons.”
The animation game already has a lot of players (Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Fox/Blue Sky and Universal) but it looks as though Warner Bros. aren’t exactly scared of them. With a property as big as The Lego Movie on their hands, they’v little reason to be. Will we be seeing Toy Story 4 anytime soon to counter the threat? We’d feel like kids with divorced parents fighting for our affection, but then, who doesn’t?