One of the most unexpected treats of last year was without doubt The Lego Movie, those clever chaps behind 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs had crafted a near perfect adaptation of the beloved interlocking toy bricks.

News of a sequel wasn’t much of a surprise, but plans are already in motion for a Lego Batman spin-off and Ninjago. Chris Miller and Phil Lord will remain onboard to write the sequel and produce both spin offs, sadly they won’t be back on directing duties as they recently confirmed to Empire Online when they were asked that very question. 

"I don’t think so. We’re writing the sequel right now and obviously producing all the other ones. There’s a challenge to make each one feel like its own thing. Part of the fun is finding people like Charlie [Bean], who’s doing the Ninjago movie, and Chris McKay who did so much on the first film. Each of them have their own distinct voices and ideas for tone. So it will each have its own personality and not just be, ‘Hey, remember that last movie? Here’s another one just like it!” So that’s been a big challenge but so far it’s been going better than I expected."

The duo were tight-lipped over potential spoilers for the forthcoming sequel, but they did offer a minor hint as to what direction the follow-up could be going in.

"Well I don’t want to give you spoilers but we were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older. When he’s an adolescent how does that change his point of view?

And it’s nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie. Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence."

The Lego movie franchise continues with Ninjago in 2016, Will Arnett returns to voice The Dark Knight for The Lego Batman Movie in 2017 and The Lego Movie 2 arrives in 2018.