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Lord And Miller On The Lego Batman Movie

Plus Ninjago, Lego Movie 2, Ghostbusters 3 and more

During our genuinely very funny interview with Phil Lord and Chris Miller - the directing duo behind Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street - listeners may have picked up a few bits of Lego Movie sequel news. For those you haven't heard the podcast yet, here are the key points, in readable Q&A form.

On the Lego Movie Batman spin-off:

Miller: "Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."

On the idea of Lego Movie spin-offs generally:

Miller: "The thing is about these movies is that each of them have their own tone and their own voice. We’re doing this Ninjago one with Charlie Bean, we’re working on the Batman one, and each one of them feels like its own movie, but obviously they all exist in the universe that the Lego movie existed in, and so finding that balance has been part of the trick."

Lord: "It’s like we started with The Avengers and now we’re going to spin off and explore the different worlds, then come back."

On the idea of a 23 Jump Stree**t**:

Miller: "It’s quite possible. We’ve been developing something with Rodney Rothman, who was one of the writers on 22 Jump Street, who’s written a script, and it’s yet crazier. Completely different. Who knows if it’ll all come together or how."

Lord: "All set in the Lego universe. Fully animated."

Miller: "It’s as crazy an idea as that."

On how close they ever came to directing Ghostbusters 3:

Lord: "I think it was broadly exaggerated in the media."

Miller: "We had very, very loose discussions because we do a lot of work with Sony, and we’re friends of the court there, and they talked to a lot of people about that. Ultimately Paul Feig came up with the idea that broke it open, which we certainly didn’t have! But I think that’s going to be a great movie, and we’re really excited as fans of the franchise that it’s starting up again."

There is much more detail in the podcast itself, which you should listen to as soon as is physically possible. Below is the SoundCloud file, ready to play, with the Lord and Miller interview clearly signposted (around 14.30).

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The Lego Movie 2 is set for a 2018 release, The Lego Batman Movie will come out February 10, 2017, and Ninjago will hit cinemas on October 14, 2016.