Producer Dan Lin, who has made several films based on the childhood staple at Warner Bros., is expected to remain on future projects despite his overall deal at Warners.
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The pact with Universal is a much broader use of the intellectual property than the previous films, sources said, which saw actors like Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks bring life to geometric heroes in a world populated by Legos.
Among the ideas Universal is floating is a reimagining of its own content library through the toys, sources said. â€œJurassic World,â€ for instance, saw a spinoff Lego series made and sold globally in 2019, which aired in the U.S. on Nickelodeon. There are also concepts floating for live-action hybrid features.
A spokesperson for Universal had no comment. A spokesperson for Lego owner Kirkbi A/S did not immediately respond to Varietyâ€˜s request for comment.
At WB, Lin has shepherded the Lego franchise to over $1 billion in box office worldwide. The dedicated â€œLego Movieâ€ franchise saw a staggering domestic decline from the first to the second film â€” $105 million for the sequel down from the $257 million gross of the original.
The offshoot â€œThe Lego Ninjago Movieâ€ stacked up only $59 million in the U.S., but Will Arnettâ€™s â€œThe Lego Batman Movieâ€ turned a healthy $175 million on an $80 million budget.
Under the Universal Pictures umbrella, now under the autonomous control of chairman Donna Langley who reports to new NBC-Universal CEO Steve Burke, Lego would join an animation stable including Chris Meladandriâ€™s Illumination and DreamWorks Animation.
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