Ouch. As if the wait wasn’t already painful enough, Warner Bros. has given The LEGO Movie 2 another significant delay, pushing the animated sequel back from May 18, 2018 to February 8, 2019. Here on the internet, I believe we call that savage. To put the wait into perspective, go get pregnant on the previously slated release date and then you can watch the movie with your baby when it actually comes out (nevermind, don’t do that, nobody likes newborns in a theater).
For the sequel, The LEGO Movie writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller remain on board as screenwriters alongside Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern with Rob Schrab, whose writing and directing credits include episodes of the excellent TV comedies Community,The Mindy Project, and Children’s Hospital, stepping in to direct. With Lord and Miller being two of the most in-demand filmmakers on the market, LEGO co-director Chris McKay was initially slated to helm, but jumped aboard The LEGO Batman Movie when the team decided to move forward on that movie first.
Little is known about the story at this point — not surprising since the movie doesn’t come ot for two and a half freaking years — but Lord and Miller previously teased a four year time jump in the narrative and an increase in female characters. The duo also teased in interest in seeing how those four years affected the boy inside the real-world story and how his perspective changes as he moves into adolescence.
Elsewhere, Warner Bros. also shuffled up the release dates for a number of other films, pushing up Ben Affleck‘s Live By Night, pushing it up from October 2017 up to Jan. 13, 2017, bumping back Dean Devlin‘s Gerard Butler-led sci-fi Geostorm to Oct. 20, 2017, to be released in 3D and Imax, and shifting the Owen Wilson and Ed Helms led Bastards from November 2016 to Jan. 27, 2017.