The LEGO Movie 2 is no more. Fear not though, because the film is simply undergoing a minor title change. It will now be known as the more meta The LEGO Movie Sequel. It was also announced that directors of the first film Chris Miller and Phil Lord won't return at the helm, as they probably are overwhelmed by other directing projects; Rob Schrab will replace them for the sequel.
Miller and Lord are still writing/producing the movie, and had this to say in a joint statement about their successor:
We are so excited to collaborate with Rob. He is a comedy genius, a visual savant, and we have been stalking him for years. No one works harder than Rob, and his aesthetic, combined with his sense of humor, bring a strong, unique, thoughtful, and passionately nerdy voice to this project. People who know him are slapping their foreheads today and saying, ‘Of course!'
|Director of The LEGO Movie Sequel, Rob Schrab|
Rob Schrab is a multi-talented guy but is perhaps best known for his TV work (Community, The Mindy Project, The Sarah Silverman Program) and the screenplay of Monster House. The LEGO Movie Sequel will be his first time directing a feature film.
While a little sad that Chris Miller and Phil Lord won't be directing the film, I believe a new helmer will bring a fresh take. The LEGO Movie was a daring and surprising film, so a change of director could be a nice way to keep things original and, yes, awesome.
Warner Bros. is currently aiming for a 2018 release date.