lego movie sequels
After the success of "The Lego Movie" this spring, a sequel was inevitable, and the film is getting a spin-off, too. Now, sources say that studio Warner Bros. wants even more installments of the "Lego" franchise, announcing two dates for future animation releases that insiders believe to be "Lego" films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has already staked out May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 for the release of two as-yet-untitled animated flicks. "The Lego Movie 2" is already slated for release in May 2017, with a spinoff, "Ninjago," dated for September 23, 2016.

THR's insiders say that the 2018 date is set aside for "Ninjago 2," while the 2019 spot is being eyed for "Lego Movie 3," though the sources cautioned that this far in advance, those plans could change. Still Warner Bros. seems eager to cash in on the successful "Lego" brand, and building up a strong box office presence is one way of doing so.

Whether the follow-up flicks will be as awesome as the first has yet to be determined, but several key members of the creative team are remaining with the franchise to see it through its later installments. They include "Lego" animation co-director Chris McKay, who's helming "Lego 2," and original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who will produce the follow-up.

"The Lego Movie 2" hits theaters on May 26, 2017.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter, h/t HitFix]

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