Friday, February 3, 2017
Rebuilding: 'Lego Movie Sequel' Switches Directors
The Lego Movie Sequel had one of its big pieces replaced...
The film, originally slated for a summer 2018 release, had been pushed to February 2019 a while ago. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the genius writing-directing duo behind the first film, weren't going to direct the sequel, but they were going to write it. Their script is currently being rewritten by BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
Up until now, the picture was set to be directed by Rob Schrab. He was one of the writers of Monster House, the creator of the comic Scud: The Disposable Assassin, and a worked on quite a few comedy shows here and there. He is now off the picture, due to... You guessed it! Creative differences.
His replacement is Mike Mitchell, who has a history with family films. Mitchell recently directed DreamWorks' Trolls with Walt Dohrn, and had also directed the studio's Shrek Forever After. He had even animated on a couple of their films, while directing some live-action films in the mid-to-late 2000s. He is also known for... Alvin and the Chipmunks 3, but he directed the live-action portion of Sponge out of Water. With Trolls, I think he showed some potential, so maybe he could make The Lego Movie Sequel work.
Again, the current draft of the script is being done by the BoJack Horseman creator, BoJack Horseman is a successful adult-oriented animated Netflix show that's actually smart and "adult". Now of course Lego Movie Sequel won't be just that, but I'm confident that Bob-Waksberg will breathe something fresh into the sequel, and knock it out of the park, despite the director change.
What say you?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)