When the Lego Movie was first announced, we all wondered just how they were going to turn plastic blocks into a full-length film. The movie, through clever and witty scripts, brilliant acting and stunning LEGO-built visuals, made a cool $470 million worldwide. Now, spurred on by the success of the first film, Warner Bros. is making a Lego Movie sequel. And who better to direct that sequel than a man who brought another kids’ craze to movie screens in 2016 with Dreamworks‘ Trolls.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Mitchell will be taking over from Rob Schrab who reportedly left the project due to “creative differences.”
The second Lego Movie already has a script, penned by the first film’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, the pair are currently tied up with production on the Han Solo prequel movie. BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has re-written the script.
As THR reports, the Lego follow-up has a safe pair of hands in Mitchell who is experienced when it comes to sequels:
“He [Mitchell] made his animation debut with Shrek Forever After and followed that up with the CG/live-action hybrid movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. He also worked on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
“Trolls really saw Mitchell come into his own with textured animation work, handling both musical sequences and madcap comedic sequences…”
With a movie project like Trolls also taking a huge risk at the box office, and then raking in $339 million for Dreamworks Animation, Mike Mitchell has definitely proved himself to be strong director.
Although production is moving forward on the film, we still have two years to wait until it premieres. Originally the Lego Movie sequel was slated for May 2018. Yet, Warner Bros. has now pushed the film back to February 2019.
Two years is a long time away for the sequel to the Lego film. However, in the meantime, the hotly anticipated Lego Batman Movie spin-off is due out in cinemas on February 10. With a highly successful set of trailers, teasers and more, the Lego Batman Movie is already looking big.
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