Warner Bros. readies for two new animated features

With The Lego Movie established as a major new franchise, Warner Bros. has announced two new dates for its animated slate, Variety reports. The as-yet untitled films are set for the Memorial Day holiday on 25 May, 2018, and on 24 May, 2019.

The studio did not disclose any details about the new titles. It already had LEGO spinoff Ninjago set for 23 September, 2016, followed by a LEGO sequel on 26 May, 2017. Warner Bros. earlier announced last year that it had formed an animated think-tank-style creative consortium aimed at delivering one ‘epic’ feature per year. At that point, the studio said the first film would be The LEGO Movie, which went on to over-perform with $457 million worldwide. Two untitled animated films – both in 3D – were also given dates a few months ago for 10 February, 2017 and on 9 February, 2018. Warner Bros. has not disclosed further details, but it’s reportedly likely those two are Storks, conceived of and being scribed by Nicholas Stoller and helmed by Doug Sweetland, who directed Pixar short Presto; and Smallfoot, written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, from an original idea by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me), who is also set to direct. The Warner conglomerate includes LEGO directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with Jared Stern, who’s writing the sequel, and Requa, Ficcara and Stoller.

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