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Will Arnett Teases A Lighter Batman In The Lego Movie 2

10 April 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Lego Movie currently stands as the most successful film of 2014, and though that will definitely change by the year’s end, its $410 million haul at the global box office is nothing to shake a stick at. Warner Bros. were quick to capitalize on its monumental success and critical acclaim, immediately announcing a sequel for May 26th, 2017, which will be helmed by the first film’s co-animation director, Chris McKay.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be stepping into a producing role this time around, but with his experience on shows like Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum in addition to his role on The Lego Movie, McKay has proven that he’s got the chops to recapture the magic of the first film. Or so we hope.

One of the best parts of The Lego Movies was Will Arnett’s Batman, who served an important and scene-stealing role in the adventure. »

- James Garcia

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Chris McKay to Direct ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel for Warner Bros.

12 March 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chris McKay is set to helm the sequel to the “Lego Movie” for Warner Bros..

The first movie bowed in February and has since grossed more than $360 million worldwide.

Producers Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee are steering the franchise, with Jill Wilfert from the Lego Company exec producing.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern are writing a treatment for the next installment .

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio/Warner Animation group.

McKay, who is repped by UTA and Mosaic, was animation co-director on the first “Lego Movie” and has also worked on TV programs like Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken” and “Titan Maximum” for Adult Swim. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.


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The Lego Movie 2 hires director Chris McKay, story may focus on Ninjago

12 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Lego Movie's sequel has hired Chris McKay to direct.

McKay, who served as animation co-director on the first film, will replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the director's chair.

The duo will remain involved in The Lego Movie 2, producing the film while Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern craft a story for the follow-up.

According to Deadline, the Warner Bros movie will either be a straight sequel to this year's box office hit or focus on the Lego Ninjago range.

McKay's directing credits include TV shows Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum and Moral Orel.

The Lego Movie opened last month and has earned more than $360 million at the Us box office so far. »

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The Lego Movie Animation Co-Director Chris McKay to Helm the Sequel

12 March 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’d be shocked if The Lego Movie didn’t end up in my top 10 of the year, but I’m prepared to temper my expectations for the sequel since writers/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are only returning in a producing capacity, and the screenwriting duties will fall to Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern.  However, I am glad to hear Deadline report that the film’s animation co-director Chris McKay will be directing the film, although it’s unknown if it will be a direct sequel or will expand to focus on Lego’s popular “Ninjago” line. For those unfamiliar with McKay, his previous work includes the [adult swim] series Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, and Titan Maximum.  I’m glad that Warner Bros. is pulling from the original film’s crew for the director, and I’m excited to see what McKay will bring to the table.  For more on McKay, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Warner Bros Builds ‘Lego’ Sequel With Chris McKay Directing

12 March 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Warner Bros has set Chris McKay to direct its sequel to The Lego Movie, the film that opened last month and has so far turned in a worldwide gross of $361 million. McKay was animation co-director on the first film that was made under the direction of Phil Lord & Chris Miller. That duo is producing, and Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern are writing a treatment for the next installment. They are still working all this out, but this will be straight sequel, even though the studio is contemplating a spinoff film that broadens the Lego empire by focusing on the character Ninjago. At the same time, McKay is also negotiating a first-look producer deal at the studio. Dan Lin & Roy Lee are also producing. Who’s McKay? The Chicago native cut his teeth mixing animation with irreverence on the small screen, winning an Emmy for his work on Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken, »


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Chris McKay to Direct The Lego Movie Sequel

12 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has found their man to helm the sequel this years break out hit The Lego Movie , and they've chosen Chris McKay, who served as the animation co-director on the first film. McKay is also credited with directing several episodes of "Robot Chicken," "Titan Maximum," and "Moral Orel" in addition to the TV movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III . The directors of the original film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are on board as producers for the sequel, which is currently being written by Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. The film is scheduled for a release on May 26, 2017. The Lego Movie , which has earned over $360 million worldwide, features the voices of »

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