Everything is not awesome for fans of The Lego Movie, the highly anticipated sequel had already been bumped from its 2017 release date to 2018, and now it’s shifting again. Warner Bros has moved The Lego Movie 2 to from May 19, 2018, by nine months to February 8, 2019.
By the time the sequel completed and in cinemas, it would have been almost five years since the first movie was released. Given the complexities involved in bringing the vast world of Lego to life, I think we can cut the filmmakers some slack and trust that a worthy follow-up will be made. Phil Lord and Chris Miller won’t be back to direct the sequel; they are still invoked to produce and co-write the script with directing duties being passed to Rob Schrab (Community).
We might have to wait a bit longer before we see Emmet, Wyldstyle, Princess Unikitty and 1980-something space guy Benny again, but we’ll get our next fix from the Lego universe next year with The Lego Batman Movie. Will Arnett is back to voice the brooding (yet surprisingly musical) Dark Knight to take on his old foe The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) with the help of Robin (Michael Cera) and Batgirl (Rosario Dawson). If you can’t wait until February for more Lego entertainment, then why not check out the TV series Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu.
No official reason has been cited for the sudden move, but The Lego Movie 2 was one of four Warner Bros project to play release date shuffle. Ben Affleck’s latest offering as director, Live By Night, has been significantly brought forward from its original October 2017 date to January 13, 2017. Independence Day producer Dean Devlin makes his directorial debut with Geostorm led by Gerard Butler, the disaster flick was intended to hit cinemas this October but has now been bumped by a whole year to October 20, 2017. Finally, Ed Helms and Owen Wilson’s comedy Bastards will now debut January 27, 2017, instead of this November.