As The LEGO Movie is nearing a $200 million worldwide box office with no signs of slowing, a sequel is pretty much a given. However, a direct sequel to Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s animated family adventure film might have to wait until another LEGO sub-franchise has had its time to shine. A little while back, we reported that Warner Bros. was developing a Ninjago film to feature the ninja-themed title world. The studio will soon decide whether to move forward with both the LEGO sequel and the stand-alone Ninjago films, along with which film will come first. Hit the jump for more.
As THR reports, Warner Bros. only has rights to one LEGO sequel at the moment. After that, the toy company and producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are free to shop future installments to other studios. One way to strengthen the relationship between Warners and LEGO is to build out the cinematic world with a stand-alone Ninjago film before moving on to The LEGO Movie 2. Lin and Lee are already on board to produce the ninja-themed feature, along with Lord and Miller.
Scripted by brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman, and directed by TRON: Uprising’s Charlie Bean, Ninjago would draw inspiration from the toyline and television series that sees the title world created by the “First Master of Spinjitzu using the Four Golden Weapons: the Sword of Fire, the Nunchucks of Lightning, the Scythe of Quakes and the Shurikens of Ice.” Featuring ninjas, dragons and mystical snakes, Ninjago likely would be an action-adventure movie with comedic elements, and proves a bit of a riskier venture as it’s seen as a boy-friendly property. However, the Cartoon Network series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, written by the Hagemans, do boast a 30% female audience, so there’s certainly potential for broad audience appeal.