Universal secures a five-year deal to develop, produce, and distribute LEGO movies based on the studio’s legendary library
Oh no! Here comes that annoying tune again…
“Everything Is Awesome!” in the LEGO garden once again. The toy giant has officially put pen to paper on a five-year exclusive deal with Universal Pictures to develop, produce, and distribute all-new movies based on the studio’s library of films and LEGO’s legendary toy line. Leading the charge on this landmark deal for both studios is Chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Donna Langley, and Jill Wilfert, who serves as the Head of Entertainment of the LEGO Group.
The deal comes at the perfect time for both entities. Universal has been eager to land the deal following the breakdown of LEGO’s relationship with Warner Bros. which was shaken following the underperformance of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. From that moment on, the rights to LEGO’s incredible stable were up for grabs and Universal are understandably delighted to have gotten the deal over the finish line.
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“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,” Wilfert added. “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.”
This is incredible news for movie fans everywhere. Universal’s back catalog includes iconic franchises like Jurassic Park, Back To The Future, E.T, Fast and Furious, and Jaws among others and the prospect of LEGO incarnations of these classics is a tantalizing prospect.
What do you think? Are you ready for more awesome LEGO inspired adventures?
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