The first film's not been out long (but it's already made more than $200 million, all the same), but The Lego Movie has done such wonders for Warner Bros.' newly-resurged animation division that the studio have not only already greenlit a sequel, but given it a release date! The Lego Movie 2 will open on 26th May, 2017, says Variety.
Jared Stern (Mr. Popper's Penguins; provided additional story material for The Princess and the Frog and Wreck-It Ralph too) and Michelle Morgan have been hired to script, but there's no word on whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return. The duo didn't return to direct Sony's sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but it would definitely be in Warner's best interests to try and get them back. Sure, a sequel doesn't necessarily sound like a great idea, but then, a food-themed disaster movie doesn't sound overly good either, neither does a film reboot of an 80s cop show, or a film tie-in for Lego in the first place. Lord and Miller have crafted a reputation for taking awful-sounding premises and turning them into immensely enjoyable films - I see no reason that couldn't translate to a sequel.
We all thoroughly loved the first Lego Movie, so we'll be keeping our eyes on this sequel as it develops.