Film critics are heaping it with almost universal praise, with The Lego Movie sitting pretty at a 96 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes thus far. Warner Bros. is wasting little time in greenlighting a second installment to what is expected to be an enormously successful opening weekend family film. Early predictions have The Lego Movie pushing $40m or more in first weekend gross, which suggests the movie will easily outpace its competitors, Vampire Academy and The Monuments Men.
Screenwriters Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Wreck-It-Ralph) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) have been tapped by Warner Bros. for co-writing duty for the sequel. The Lego Movie is one of the first pieces in what is designed to be the studio’s return to prominence in animated fare, having last year hired a stable of writers and filmmakers to bolster their ranks in that department. Including Stern, they have onboarded Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), John Requa (Cats & Dogs), Glenn Ficarra (The Angry Beavers), and Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets).
Directed by Lord and Miller, The Lego Movie stars a cornucopia of highly recognizable names in both television and on the big screen. Starring Chris Pratt as Emmet, the cast also includes Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Jonah Hill and 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell, Cobie Smulders, Billie Dee Williams (seriously), and really…so, so many more. That there were able to pull together this many big names is rather astounding, and pretty spectacular for audiences, particularly if you’re a fan of playing “guess that voice.”
If you’ve somehow managed to be one of the very few folks to have avoided any marketing for The Lego Movie, which arrives in theaters February 7th, check out the official trailer below, as well as the meta-hilarious “Behind the Bricks featurette.
Everything really is awesome.