Despite an Oscar snub, everything is still pretty awesome in Bricksburg. The Lego Movie sequel now has a director, and the choice seems like a solid fit for the sense of humor that was established in last year’s wonderfully goofy (and just plain wonderful) animated feature. Warner Bros. announced today that Rob Schrab, whose writing and directing credits include a number of episodes of Community, The Mindy Project, and Children’s Hospital, will be stepping into the director’s chair for the follow-up. Moreover, the follow-up is officially titled The LEGO Movie Sequel.
Once Warner Bros. saw what a hit they had on their hands, they quickly began work on the follow-up. The first film’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were unsure about committing to another arduous schedule of directing the sequel, so The LEGO Movie co-director Chris McKay was initially set to helm The LEGO Movie sequel. But then McKay, Lord, and Miller came up with the idea to first move forward with a LEGO Batman spinoff movie, so McKay committed to directing that film instead. While development has continued on The LEGO Movie Sequel with Lord and Miller penning the screenplay, the film had still yet to assign a director. Until today, that is. In a joint statement, the duo said they quite pleased with the hiring:
“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!’”
Schrab’s experience on Community (he helmed the animation-centric “G.I. Jeff” episode) and The Sarah Silverman Program makes it seem like he’s a swell fit for maintaining the sensibilities that made The LEGO Movie so great. Lord and Miller continue to write script and will produce the follow-up, but now that Schrab is set to direct, things can move forward with a little more confidence. Warner Bros. is currently eyeing a possible 2018 release for the pic, after Ninjago in 2016 and LEGO Batman in 2017.