I adore The LEGO Movie and have incredibly high hopes for not only its sequel, but also the whole LEGO Movie universe going forwards. We’ll see how it develops next year when we see The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, but the proper The LEGO Movie sequel is still in the distant future. Once upon a time, it was due out on May 26, 2017. Now, after multiple delays, the film is due out on February 8, 2019. And now it’s coming with a different writer.
According to Variety, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed the original LEGO Movie, are busy with their duties on the Star Wars Han Solo picture, and so their draft of the script will be rewritten by Raphael Bob-Waksberg because the studio wanted a “fresh take” on the material. Bob-Waksberg is best known for the critically acclaimed animated Netflix series BoJack Horseman.
So is bringing in a new writer coupled with the multiple delays a troubling sign for The LEGO Movie sequel? Not at all. It’s normal for multiple writers to take a pass at a script, and while I have trouble seeing someone outdo Lord & Miller, I also haven’t seen an episode of BoJack Horseman, so I’m willing to give Bob-Waksberg the benefit of the doubt. Additionally, Lord & Miller will remain producers on the project, which is being directed by Rob Schrab.
The LEGO Movie universe gets under serious construction next year when The LEGO Batman movie opens on February 10, 2017 and The LEGO Ninjago Movie opens September 22, 2017.