The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lego Movie 2 The Second Part theatrical poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell
Produced by
Written by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Based onLego Construction Toys
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh[1]
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[2]
Release date
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (United States)
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (India)[3]
Running time
106 minutes[4]
Country
  • United States
  • Australia
  • Denmark

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is an upcoming computer-animated musical science fiction comedy film[5] produced by the Warner Animation Group. A direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it will be the fourth film in the franchise, set to follow the releases of both of the first film's spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both released in 2017). Animal Logic, who provided the animation for all the films in the franchise, is returning.

The film is directed by Mike Mitchell,[6] with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the first film) returning as producers and writers; animation direction is by Trisha Gum.[7] It features the reprised roles of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie and Nick Offerman, along with new additions to the cast including Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is set to be released in the United States on February 8, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D formats.

Plot[edit]

Five years after the events of the first film, the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. While his friends have become hardened over the change, Emmet remains upbeat, and he inadvertently draws the attention of General Sweet Mayhem from the Systar System. Mayhem, with the help of the Duplo invaders, capture Emmet's friends and takes them back to the shape-shifter Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, who has great plans for taking over the universe. Emmet teams up with intergalactic hero Rex Dangervest to launch a rescue mission.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Before the critical acclaim and success of The Lego Movie, plans for a sequel had been set in motion. On February 3, 2014, Jared Stern was hired to write the sequel, along with Michelle Morgan.[17] On March 12, 2014, Deadline reported that animation co-director Chris McKay would direct the sequel with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as producers.[18] On April 10, 2014, it was reported that McKay wanted to have more women in the sequel than men.[19] On July 28, 2014, it was reported that Chris Pratt wants to return to reprise his role as Emmet. It was also reported that Will Arnett might return to reprise his role as Batman, but had not decided yet.[20]

In October 2014, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie for 2017, and The Lego Movie 2 for May 25, 2018.[21][22] On October 25, 2014, it was reported that Lord and Miller had signed on to write The Lego Movie 2.[23] On October 30, it was announced that Australia-based animation studio Animal Logic was in talks to produce the next three Lego films (though the deal was not finalized at the time) and the New South Wales government would make financial contributions to all the films.[24] On November 12, during an interview with BBC News, Lord and Miller revealed that there would be more female characters featured in the film.[25]

On February 24, 2015, the sequel was titled The Lego Movie Sequel and Rob Schrab was announced as the film's director, replacing McKay as director as he was scheduled to direct The Lego Batman Movie instead.[26] By November 2015, Miller announced that the first draft of the script was completed.[27] Subsequent rewrites were provided by Raphael Bob-Waksberg,[28] Dominic Russo[29] and Matthew Fogel.[30] By February 2017, Schrab had been replaced by Mike Mitchell, reportedly due to "creative differences".[6] Production started in Canada on October 2, 2017.[31][32] In an interview with Collider, producer Dan Lin confirmed that Lord & Miller were rewriting the script during production.[33]

Among the mini-figures within the film will be one based on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lord and Miller had considered figures that would be unexpected within the film, with Ginsburg as one of their ideas. They received Ginsburg's blessing for this appearance, though she did not perform any voice work for this role. Subsequently, the Ginsburg mini-figure will be made as part of the movie's toy line.[34][35]

Casting[edit]

On March 23, 2018, it was reported that Tiffany Haddish had been cast in the film to voice a new lead character, while returning actors would be Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.[8] On May 21, 2018, Warner Bros. officially renamed the film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part along with releasing the first teaser image of the logo.[36][37] Stephanie Beatriz and Arturo Castro were announced to be part of the film on June 4, 2018.[10] During San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced that Pratt will also voice a new character in addition to Emmett, Rex Dangervest, who is based after Pratt himself, while Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, replacing Jenny Slate from The Lego Batman Movie[38] In November 2018, Maya Rudolph joined the cast.[39] In early January 2019, it was revealed that Gal Gadot & Jason Momoa will reprise their roles as Wonder Woman & Aquaman from the DC Extended Universe, with the former replacing Cobie Smulders from The Lego Movie.[40]

Music[edit]

Following the same attempt to create an earworm with the first film's "Everything is Awesome", the producers of the film created a similar song for the sequel, called "Catchy Song", which principally features as its only lyric the repeated phrase "This song is gonna get stuck inside your head". The song was written by Jon Lajoie, produced by Dillon Francis, and sung by T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay. According to Lajoie, he found that "Everything is Awesome" was "annoyingly catchy", and the only way that they could outdo that was "Dial the 'annoying' up to 11!".[41]

Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the first film's soundtrack, as well as the score for The Lego Ninjago Movie, will return to compose the score for the sequel.[42]

Release[edit]

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019.[43] It is also releasing in India on the same day.[44] This is its third rescheduling; it was first scheduled to be released in the US on May 26, 2017 and then on May 18, 2018.[45][46] The film was originally titled The Lego Movie Sequel before it was officially renamed The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in May 2018.[47]

Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be released alongside What Men Want, Cold Pursuit and The Prodigy, and is projected to gross $45–55 million in its opening weekend.[48]

Marketing[edit]

On June 4, 2018, the first poster was released along with an announcement that the first trailer would be released the following day.[49] The second trailer was released on November 20, 2018, along with the second poster.[50] On Black Friday 2018, Warner Bros. released The Lego Movie on YouTube in its entirety for one day only, with a trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part attached.[51] The third and final trailer was released on December 19, 2018. In the UK, DFS Furniture ran a marketing campaign that tied in with The Lego Movie 2.[52]

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the film, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, a direct sequel to The Lego Movie Videogame, was announced on November 27, 2018 and will be released on February 26, 2019, two weeks after the film's release, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and for the Nintendo Switch a month later on March 26. A Microsoft Windows version is also set to be released.

Short films[edit]

On August 1, 2018, Turkish Airlines and Warner Bros. released a special safety video featuring characters from the franchise.[53] On December 10, 2018, Warner Bros. released a short film, titled Emmet's Holiday Party, as a Christmas styled promotion for the film.[54][55] On January 8, 2019, one month before the film's release, Lego released a music video titled "Everything is Awesome" Dance Together Music Video, on its official YouTube Channel. The video uses the titular song.[56]

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