For the longest time Legos were pretty much the best toy to give a kid who liked to build things or who was showing the first sparks of creativity. They were just a big pile of multi-colored, plastic blocks when you started out, but with a little bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, a kid could spend an afternoon turning a pile of Legos into anything. That’s all changed over the course of the last ten years or so though. These days Legos are all about branding themselves as tie-ins to pre-existing properties. They’re about following a set of instructions to turn those plastic blocks into an X-Wing, just like you saw in Star Wars, or building them into Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, just like you saw in Harry Potter.
It’s long felt like those of us who prefer Legos to be a means of creative expression and not a means of further worshipping the work of others have been left out in the dark. But in film directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, we may have a couple of allies. These are the guys who made Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and the upcoming 21 Jump Street, and their next project is going to be a movie about Legos. I know that sounds nauseating at first, but you should hear them out. Their ideas actually sound pretty dang great.
In a sit down interview with MTV, the duo revealed that their Lego movie would partly take place in our world, but mostly take place in a “one-inch high universe” with “a cast of thousands and thousands and thousands.” That’s not really the intriguing part though. The best part is the plot synopsis that Lord coughs up:
“It’s the story of basically a young man who doesn’t have a creative bone in his body and has to always build things from the instructions. He’s an ‘Instructions Worker.’ In the Lego city, they build buildings, and it turns out in this universe it’s illegal to build apart from the instructions. So what he finds out is that he’s actually descendant from these, like, super creative Jedi-type people who are called ‘Master Builders’ and he has been charged with saving the universe from being frozen together by an evil bad guy. So over the course of the movie he has to unlearn all of that lame-o, uncreative stuff and learn how to build without all of the instructions in order to save the universe.”
Not only does that sound like a really fun plot for an adventure story, but holy heck is that a good message to be sending out to kids. Toss those instructions out, let’s see what we can create on our own! Maybe all hope isn’t lost for cultivating a new generation of filmmakers who are more excited about getting their own characters up on the big screen than they are about being the director who lands the Harry Potter remakes. If it takes another toy tie-in movie to make that happen, then so be it.