Universal Pictures announced they’ve entered a five-year deal with the Lego Group.
The agreement includes the two companies working together to develop, produce and distribute films based on existing IP and original ideas (such as Lego Ninjago).
“The LEGO System in Play gives people the ability to build worlds and create stories that they carry throughout every phase of their lives,” said Langley. “To partner with such an iconic brand that remains relevant and is constantly evolving allows for creativity in storytelling. We’re thrilled to start building out the next chapter of LEGO movies together with Jill and the LEGO team as they continue to inspire curiosity and innovation.”
“Universal’s commitment to unique storytelling from diverse voices makes the Studio the perfect partner as the LEGO Group enters this new phase of filmmaking,” said Wilfert. “Donna and the entire Universal team bring a sense of wonder and imagination we share, and we can’t wait to execute on our shared vision.”
Lego previously has a deal with Warner Bros. and first released The LEGO Movie in 2014, then followed suit with The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie (both in 2017) and most recently The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part in 2019.
The Lego movies under Warner Bros. have collectively grossed around $1.1 billion at the box office.
Universal and Lego have previously collaborated on the television special, Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit and the 13-episode mini-series LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar.
Dan Lin and his production company, Rideback along with President of film, Jonathan Eirich will also be producers on the next Lego-inspired film. Lin has been a producer on all the Lego movies under WB and film such as It, Aladdin (2019 reboot) and The Two Popes.
Head of Entertainment at the Lego Group, Jill Wilfert will serve as a producer on Lego projects developed and released by Universal.
A sequel to 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie is in development but its future is uncertain thanks to this new Universal-Lego deal.