About a week ago, Collider partnered up with IMAX and Warner Bros. for a special IMAX screening of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part before it was in theaters. While getting to show the film early was really cool, for me the highlight came after the screening, when I got to moderate an extended Q&A with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and director Mike Mitchell.
During the 80-minute Q&A, they shared a ton of great behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the sequel including how “Catchy Song” came about and how it was prevented from leaking before the release, building on what they learned from the first film, which sequences proved to be a technical challenge, the relationship between LEGO and the film, the studio’s involvement in the second film vs. the first film, the voice cast, if the title was always going to be The Second Part, and so much more.
In addition, they played “Get To Know Your Sundance Attendee” which includes a number of questions like what TV show they’d like to guest-star on, what’s their favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie, what film scared them as a kid, their first movie or TV show crush, if they prefer Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, what got them interested in the entertainment industry, and a lot of other fun stuff.
Check out what Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Mike Mitchell had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by some recent links.
Finally, a huge thank you to IMAX and Warner Bros. for making this screening happen!
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is now in theaters and features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz.
Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Mike Mitchell:
- Phil Lord and Chris Miller talk about their involvement in Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse, lack of sleep, and working on LEGO Movie at the same time as Spider-man.
- How the movie came to be called “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
- How soon after the success of the first Lego Movie Warner Bros. gave them the OK for the second movie
- How Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Mike Mitchell came together for this project
- How the film was different from the beginning to the finished product
- Any trouble with licensing and IP from brands that affected sequences in the film
- How “Catchy Song” came about and how it was prevented from leaking before the release
- If any voice actors said no to working on the film
- Out of the three of them, only Phil didn’t voice any characters in the film
- Building on what they learned from the first film to things they couldn’t do in the first film in the second film, in terms of VFX
Any sequences that proved to be a technical challenge
- Deleted scenes from the film and how far a sequence could get before it was decided it wasn’t going to make it in the film
- How Warner Bros. IP might have helped secure people/brands for the movie
- The studio’s involvement in the second film vs. the first film
- Each member of the group’s LEGO collections
- The relationship between LEGOs and the film
- Which toy was the highest grossing in sales from any of the films?
- The spaceship in the first Lego Movie and Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
“Get to Know Your Lego Filmmaker”
What TV show the group would like to guest direct
- Favorite sci-fi/fantasy film
- Favorite superhero movie
- What film scared them the most as a kid
- Anything they collect
- First movie or TV show crush
- What movie or TV show props they own from sets they have worked on
- What TV show have they watched all the way through, more than once
- This or That – Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad
- What got them interested in the entertainment industry (performance, show, movie etc).
- A piece of advice that has stuck with them
How they get their crazy ideas across when pitching
- Their preference between writing and directing
- The importance of diversity and representation and how much they are thinking about it when making the film
- What movies influenced the direction of the story?
- Which content creators they want to work with in the future
- What type of environment and mindset they put themselves in to write
- How far in development of the first film did the idea come about that it was in the mind of an 8 year-old boy?
- The process of having their own kids in the film
- Will they get nominated for an Academy Award based on the percentage of live action in the film needed to make the cut?
- Any chance for a more satisfying conclusion for Last Man on Earth?