‘The LEGO Movie’ Sequel Lands ‘Trolls’ Director Mike Mitchell
Way, way back in February 2015, Warner Bros. hired Community vet Rob Schrab to direct The LEGO Movie sequel — a pick fully endorsed by filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are a teensy bit busy working on a certain Star Wars movie, and thus unable to helm the follow-up to their animated blockbuster. Almost two years later (and several months since we last heard anything about the sequel), there’s apparently been a creative shakeup, as Schrab has reportedly left the project and been replaced by the director of Trolls.
THR reports that Schrab has exited the project due to — wait for it — “creative differences.” Sad trombone. But WB has found a new director in Mike Mitchell, who helmed DreamWorks Animation’s animated hit Trolls — another film based on an iconic toy. Mitchell’s directing credits also include Shrek Forever After and Sky High.
Lord and Miller wrote the initial draft of the screenplay for The LEGO Movie sequel and remain involved as producers. Last summer, WB enlisted BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg to rewrite the script, which seemed like a pretty good sign. It would have been interesting to see what Schrab — whose previous work also includes writing for The Sarah Silverman Program and directing episodes of the great Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital — would do with The LEGO Movie world, but Mitchell is a solid replacement.
The LEGO Movie sequel is set to hit theaters on February 8, 2019. That’s a long ways off, but lucky for us, The LEGO Batman Movie arrives in theaters next week, on February 10.