The LEGO Movie was a smash success, scoring $460.7 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, so it should come as no great shock that Warner Brothers wants to turn it into the next huge franchise. A direct sequel to the movie is already in the works for a planned 2017 release, and now comes word of a September 23, 2016 release date for a spinoff titled Ninjago.
The movie will be based on the Ninjago line of ninja-inspired LEGOs, and will be directed by Charlie Bean, who previously directed Tron: Uprising for Disney XD and will be making his feature debut here. Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley wrote the screenplay.
Of the announcement, WB domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said:
â€œFollowing the huge success of The Lego Movie, we are very excited to build on the Lego franchise. We know there are already Ninjago collectors who canâ€™t wait to see their favorite characters on the big screen. This promises to be a terrifically fun and thrilling entry into our Fall 2016 slate, with broad audience appeal.â€
LEGO Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord will be producers on Ninjago along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee, while Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, James Packer, and Steve Mnuchin will be executive producers.