Chris McKay Will Direct the “LEGO Movie” Sequel

Continuing the inexplicable trend of people named Chris directing animated features, Chris McKay, the animation co-director of The LEGO Movie, will direct the film’s sequel, which is currently set for a May 26, 2017 release. McKay, a veteran stop motion director of the TV series Robot Chicken and Moral Orel, played a key role in achieving the animation style of the original film.

The sequel is being written by Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely). LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return as two of the sequel’s producers. They pulled a similar move at Sony, where after directing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, they wrote and exec produced the sequel.

Warner Bros. is also reportedly considering a LEGO spinoff film that focuses on their Ninjago toyline, which has already spawned a Cartoon Network TV series. News of McKay’s hiring was originally announced by Deadline.


  • Max C.

    Still worried about the script. Why do they do this besides money? Discover that a movie turns out to be so good that they have to hire the worst possible writers to take control of the sequel? The sequel isn’t usually as good as the first but come on.

    • Dragon

      Well the script that their writing right now could easily be thrown out in a second and rewritten by someone else.

    • James VanDam

      Maybe it will turn out like Shrek 2 or Kungfu Panda 2. And be better than the first? We can only hope.

      • IDontBelieveYou

        You’re being sarcastic, right? (Not that Shrek 1 was any good either)

      • jmahon

        Well, I don’t think I want to compare the Lego movie to Shrek by any means, and I personally think the first Kung Fu Panda was superior… but, as much as I’d do anything for more of the same because it was just too much fun… the Lego movie just doesn’t need a sequel and I have to shelve my gluttony for more of it. The only reason that movie worked at all was Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Even if they’re involved, it isn’t necessary.

        At least we have what we have right now and that’s awesome.

    • Larry

      Max, did it occur to you that Lord/Miller DECIDED THEMSELVES not to write the sequel, and as producers, may have chosen the new writers? Stern is part of the Warner Animation Group (WAG) braintrust with Lord/Miller, and therefore gave feedback on the first film. He also was the in-house writer on Wreck-It Ralph, so he knows animation and character comedy.

      Please don’t judge writers by their credits alone; films are a very collaborative business where blame/credit can be hard to determine.

  • UnclePhil

    I like that Chris McKay guy. Congrats Chris!

  • GS

    Three years for a sequel? That’s fine for a Star Wars movie, but does it really take that long to do a movie about legos?

    • blandyblottschalk

      CG animation requires about 1 week of work for 3 seconds of footage. All animation takes time.

  • Inkan1969

    I’ve seen the movie, and I and everyone else who have seen the movie know that the plot has a huge twist that reveals what had really been going on the whole time. Therefore, I don’t really see how a sequel could possibly work, as people will already know the truth about the movie’s reality.

  • Rayberay

    All I’m looking forward to are the inevitable Bionicle cameos.