Yesterday was the LEGO Ninjago TV series panel at SDCC 2017 and attendees were able to see a short clip of the Season 8 Sons of Garmadon. While I was live-tweeting, some fans had more questions that were answered at the panel while others were somewhat skeptical of what to expect. Showrunner Tommy Andreasen has taken to Twitter to give a response on some of the feedback. Here’s the transcribed version.
Thank you all for your responses to our season 8 sneak peak, revealed at San Diego Comic Con. Some of you have asked some questions or expressed concerns, so here is a response which hopefully will address most of them.
Season 8 of Ninjago is scheduled to come out in 2018. Though it may not be evident from the opening scene revealed at Comic Con, it is indeed the continuation of the TV series story line. It has been specifically written with a keen eye on what long time fans of the series have expressed desire to know more about.
One of Ninjago’s key strengths has always been it’s ability to change. We want each season to feel unique, and the show has a long history of twisting plots, structure and taking daring chances.
Several characters like Zane and Cole has had major updates during the series long run. Usually these changes happen within the episodes. This time however since time has passed since the end o Hands of Time, the changes are simply there. Where it may raise questions as you first encounter it, most of these changes will be touched upon in the episodes. The most notable change you have already seen on Lloyd. The other Ninja, though they may have some adjustments, will be using the original face rigs from teh series and be voiced by the original voice cast, so rest assured that these are in fact the characters you know and love. Strengths, flaws, relationships, back stories and all.
Season 8 is still quite a way away, so we will not reveal any specifics for a while.
Most other things about Ninjago are business as usual:
- The story line is writeen by the Hagemans who are also executive producers.
- The season is produced by Wilfilm.
- Peter Hauser is lead director and Louise Barkholt producer.
- It will be scored by Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent.
- Designs are overseen by Simon Lucas and his team.
- Vicky Kjaer Jensen, Tommy Kalmar and I are there helping out on the production and provide concept, creative and continuity sparring.
In short: The new season(s) are being developed by the original creators and long time participants, who also happen to be some of the biggest Ninjago fans in the world.
One thing that has changed:
Wilfilm has made changes to their production pipeline which allows for an even better visuals and special effects. Though it is still early in production we can honestly say that it will be the best looking Ninjago you have ever seen of TV.
I hope this this helps answer some of your questions/concerns. In the wise words of good old Wu (shamelessly copied after the great Bruce Lee): Be water! Change can be good.
Here is the response to your feedback on the Ninjago – SoG scene I think you all deserve. pic.twitter.com/O7EjBk7076
— Tommy Andreasen (@TommyAndreasen) July 24, 2017