The Lego Movie director Chris McKay says they will bring in more lady characters for the sequel.
The Warner Bros. animated movie hit theaters in February and only starred three prominent female characters — and one of them was a cat (pictured above).
In a new interview with Daily Mail Online, McKay admits that there was an imbalance in The Lego Movie and hopes to fix it for the planned sequel.
“I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it’s important,” said McKay in reference to the question of whether or not a piece of media includes a conversation between two women that isn’t about a man. “We have a lot of producers [who] were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: ‘Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?'”
The director says that by being aware of the lack of females throughout the development process they were able to bring what few they had into the spotlight. “We were constantly responding to that question and that helped us make Wyldstyle a better character and Unikitty a more interesting character,” he said. “I think it’s forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that’s more powerful and special.”
McKay says that the problem is spread across the film industry. “Obviously you have to look at the kind of story you’re trying to tell and the theme, but people don’t underestimate the value of hard, cool female characters who have their own agency. That’s the thing we’re not doing enough as filmmakers.”
The Lego Movie was a box office hit. The film made $250 million domestically, making it the most popular film of 2014 so far.