Lego is insanely popular these days. From the days of simple playsets where you could construct a small catapult or your own city, the brand has grown in leaps and bounds. And so has the price. But that’s a story for another day when I’m very, very drunk. Part of the success of Lego can also be attributed to the recent Lego Movie, one of the finest animated flicks of the year. More Lego movies are on the way, such as a Lego Ninjago film and a Lego Batman movie with Will Arnett voicing the dark knight.
But a second primary Lego Movie is also headed this way, that has Phil Lord and Chris Miller returning to write the sequel. But don’t expect them to direct as well, as they explained to Empire:
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.
Lord and Miller explaine that some of the story-breaking work was done on Lego 2 while they worked on other projects, with Lord revealing that:
[Chris] McKay and Jared [Stern] and Michelle [Morgan] all worked on the movie a bit in our absence and really cracked the beginnings of a story and got us really excited; excited enough to write it. We should be writing right now.
In terms of story, Miller explained that they’d like to take a page out of the Toy Story book and explore a character who ages:
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 2 will be out in 2018, so that’s a bit of a wait. Lego Batman however, arrives February 10 in 2017, while Lego Ninjago opens on October 14, 2016.
The Gamescom Awards are always a little weird. The nominees for this year’s Gamescom Awards were announced well before Gamescom itself kicked off. For games to have been nominated, the publishers had to have paid a nominal fee, along with a host of other little rules – which makes them all a little suspect. In the end the winners were decided upon by a group of judges from German and international publications and retailers. Here’s who they selected as winners of Gamescom this year.
We have a pair of DVDs featuring contemporary heroines that we’re giving away thanks to Empire Entertainment. Three lucky winners will all received a copy of both the most recent Tomb Raider movie, and Red Sparrow. Here are those winners.
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