It's unfortunate that writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be back to help The LEGO Movie 2 (presumably they'll be off to do some other bigger and more awesome stuff), but today new reports have confirmed that the filmmakers have found their replacements for the sequel. And it's a very interesting choice.
Deadline has the scoop that The LEGO Movie 2 will be directed by Rob Schrab - who will be making his feature directorial debut with the film. He will be working from a script that is being written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and that same duo will also be producing the movie alongside The LEGO Movie's Dan Lin and Roy Lee. The new animated film isn't scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. until 2017, but given how complicated the animation style is, the project will need many years to digitally build the feature.
Rob Schrab may be new to the world of big screen directing, but in the past few years he has been cutting his teeth directing episodes of various critically acclaimed television series. Previous shows he's worked on include Children's Hospital, Parks and Recreation, Workaholics, and, most recently, Community. He also has a long track record as a writer, co-writing the animated comedy Monster House with Dan Harmon. He was also the author behind the acclaimed comic book series Scud: The Disposable Assassin, which is about a world where there are vending machines filled with robot assassins that can be purchased and hired to do an individual's bidding. Phil Lord and Chris Miller endorsed Schrab's hiring for The LEGO Movie 2 wholeheartedly, saying in an official statement:
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!’
As cool as it is that someone as talented and smart as Rob Schrab is getting their chance at a feature directorial debut, what's strange about this story is that there's no mention of the guy who previous reports had pegged to helm The LEGO Movie 2: Chris McKay. In March of last year there were reports that said the Robot Chicken director had been selected as the filmmaker who would take the helm of the sequel, and it made sense given that he was the animation co-director/animation supervisor and editor on The LEGO Movie. In retrospect, it appears those early reports were erroneous.
Not much is known about The LEGO Movie 2 plot at this point, though Phil Lord and Chris Miller have confirmed that the story will be set four years after the events of the first movie and feature both Emmet dealing with an existential crisis, and the young boy Finn (Jadon Sand) possibly getting a bit old to be playing with LEGOs.