Merlin Entertainments and Warner Bros. have announced that they’ll be releasing The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure to LEGOLAND Parks and Discovery Centers starting in January. At first blush, this looks like a quick way to cash in on the brand because while The LEGO Movie is fantastic, it’s still designed to sell toys (much like any blockbuster exists to sell toys; it just happens that LEGO was a toy before it became a movie) and other ancillary revenue streams. Even getting back some of the voice cast—Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard) and Charlie Day (Benny)—plus Patton Oswalt as new villain “Risky Business” doesn’t necessarily signal that this short, “4D” experience will be worthwhile.
But there’s some surprising talent behind this movie. The press release reveals that The LEGO Movie 4D will be written by Adam Pava (The Boxtrolls) and, more importantly, co-written and directed by Rob Schrab, who’s handling The LEGO Movie 2, which opens in 2018. Also, from the brief plot description, you can tell that once again there will be a welcome level of self-awareness from The LEGO Movie world:
“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard after they receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park where all of the rides are based on the characters’ adventures in “The LEGO Movie.” But not all is as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them! Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.
So if you want to get an idea of what Schrab’s take on The LEGO Movie sequel might be, you don’t have to wait over two years to find out. Per the press release, “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure is premiering at LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Jan. 29, 2016, followed by LEGOLAND California Resort on Feb. 6, with the film continuing to roll out at LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Deutschland and LEGOLAND Malaysia. Shortly after, guests at the 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in North America, Asia and Europe will get to experience this thrilling new adventure.”