After four LEGO feature films at Warner Bros., it would appear that the popular Danish building toys are moving to a new home in Hollywood.
Per Deadline, Universal is currently the frontrunner in a pack of multiple studios looking to acquire the rights to make more films based around the popular construction toys. Evidently, there is a time-sensitive deal on a green light that has yet to go through at Warner Bros. Hence, why other studios are looking to scoop up the LEGO series.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group’s first foray into the world of LEGO came in the form of 2014’s The LEGO Movie, a surprise hit and a charming/meta take on the idea of a movie-based-on-a-toy. Written and Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The LEGO Movie introduced the world to Chris Pratt’s Emmet and a whole host of new and licensed characters appearing in LEGO form. The movie went on to gross over $468 million worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its catchy tune “Everything Is Awesome.”
According to Deadline, should Universal — or any other studio for that matter — acquire the license, the rights to the characters introduced in the original LEGO Movie duology will likely be retained by Warner Bros. The same obviously goes for The LEGO Batman Movie, which largely stars pre-existing Warner-owned characters — most notably those originating from DC Comics.
What LEGO movies are you hoping to see Universal create with the property? Are you sad we’ll never see The LEGO Batman Movie Sequel? Sound off in the comments below!