We’ve known that we’re getting The Lego Movie 2 on May 26, 2017 and that Ninjago spinoff on September 23, 2016 for a while, but now reports are surfacing that Warner Bros. also locked two additional dates for more Lego Movie sequels, one on May 25, 2018 and another on May 24, 2019. The studio hasn’t confirmed that these dates are Lego specific, but if the news is true, it seems likely that they could be gunning for a Lego Movie 3 and a Ninjago sequel, too.
The Lego Movie absolutely blew the box office away back in February, taking nearly $70 million opening weekend and then going on to accumulate $258 million over the course of its six-month domestic run. It’s actually still playing in a handful of theaters now! Hit the jump for more on how Warner Bros. plans to keep the franchise going.
The news comes from THR and they’re saying that the studio snatched up those two Memorial Day weekend slots for untitled animated films and that they’ve got “insiders” claiming that they’re Lego Movie follow-ups. However, the outlet does admit that 2018 and 2019 are a long way off, so things could change.
If more Lego really is what the studio is gunning for, it’s not the only thing Warner Bros. is getting especially ambitious about pursuing lately. On top of this rumored plan to turn Lego into a 5-film franchise, Warner Bros. also just snatched up 9 other release dates for untitled DC films, probably to keep pace with Marvel.
So now we’ve got Warner Bros. revving its engines big time with superhero and animated films, and that’s something it’s never done before. On the superhero side, it’s really just been one thing at a time – Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and then Man of Steel. And the studio’s kept it pretty light on the animation front, too. In fact, the last animated movie it released prior to The Lego Movie was Happy Feet Two back in 2011 and that one had a rather rough run at the box office.
It does make sense for the studio to seize lucrative opportunities, but does it defeat the purpose when you take on too much?