Holy cats, Warner Brothers? What is going ON over there? Apparently the mega-house of producing things that we entertainment folk generally love — movies and television — have dropped the proverbial gauntlet today in the most epic shareholders meeting to end all shareholders meetings. (We imagine. We’ve never been to a shareholder’s meeting.) In addition to the veritable smorgasbord of superhero flicks they announced earlier today, the company also revealed their plans for follow-ups to the Harry Potter films AND The LEGO Movie, three times over for each, effectively scheduling themselves into the foreseeable future. Oy vey my head is spinning and spinning and spinning. Everything is awesome but accio me some ibuprofen over here, you know what I mean?
Warner Bros. explained at the meeting that it has not one, not two, but three more LEGO-branded films in the works, with plans for each of them to hit movie theaters in the next four years. In addition to investing in the LEGO brand and its massive DC slate, the studio is also plotting three films based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
The first LEGO film is slated to be Ninjago, based on the ninja-themed LEGO line. Because synergy and trends, that feature will also play into the animated Cartoon Network series of the same name. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, while not directing or writing, are on board to produce the thing.
Next up? The LEGO Batman Movie, which will see Will Arnett’s Batman head to the big screen to battle against all those OTHER portrayals of the winged knight. This one will be directed by The LEGO Movie‘s other co-director, Chris McKay, and is planned for a 2017 release. Shortly thereafter? The LEGO Movie 2, in 2018.
As for J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will become its own trilogy — everything in threes now, America! — with installments slated for 2016, 2018 and 2020. David Yates, who directed, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and both installments of the Deathly Hallows, will also tackle these films.
So — anyone else equal parts exhausted and excited? Let’s discuss in the comments.