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Rob Schrab Out, ‘Trolls’ Director Mike Mitchell In For ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel

It’s getting hard to keep track of all of Warner Bros.’ Lego-branded movies. The Lego Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters tomorrow, the first trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie was just released, and now, Trolls director Mike Mitchell has signed on to direct the sequel to the film that started it all, 2014’s The Lego Movie.

Mitchell becomes the movie’s second director. Rob Schrab (Community, The Sarah Silverman Program,) was the original director, but departed due to “creative differences,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported news of Mitchell’s hiring.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who wrote and directed the original Lego Movie, also wrote the first draft of the sequel, which has since been rewritten by Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and then by Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son writer Matt Fogel.

Mitchell also recently signed on to develop Puff, The Magic Dragon for Fox Animation, but it looks like he’ll be directing the Lego Movie sequel before dealing with Puff.

Besides Trolls, Mitchell’s other directing credits include Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked , Shrek Forever After, Sky High, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He also directed the live-action sequences in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

The sequel’s current release date is February 8, 2019, pushed back from a 2018 release.

  • It’s probably going to suck…

    Considering Mitchell’s filmography, I seriously doubt that this will be any good. I’m definitely going to skip this one.

    • Dave 52

      I suggest you keep an open mind and not be so quick to make assumptions or already form. You never know how the film could turn out. Who knows? Maybe it could surprise us and maybe Mitchell and Fogle can do something great that can be a worth successor to the original. I mean if the writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and Dark Shadows and the writer of The Internship and Mr. Poppers Penguins can write a surprisingly emotional and very hilarious LEGO Batman Movie than I guess anything is possible. Also, Keep in mind that Lord and Miller are still involved with the franchise.

  • Elsi Pote

    And this is the beginning of the end for the Lego movie franchise.

    Or play by the book Hollywood history repeating, nothing else.

    • Dave 52

      I don’t think we should make that conclusion yet.

  • Marti386

    Look, I really liked the first Lego movie. But this is not a sustainable franchise. It’s not Star Wars or the Marvel Universe we’re talking about here. I have a feeling people are gonna tire of this pretty quick.

    • Dave 52

      The LEGO Batman Movie has been getting great reviews lately so for now they don’t seem sick of it. The way I see it is if each film in the franchise is good and does something different and fresh with each installment I don’t think people will get sick of it. Besides, after The LEGO Ninjago Movie we won’t get another film until 2019 so next year will pretty much be a break from the franchise. I see the franchise as more Mission Impossible in a sense where each movie has it’s own style, vibe, and voice thanks to the director but still keeps the overall tone of the franchise.

  • I’m starting to smell trouble now. Hopefully Mike Mitchell will help the project..but at the same time, I still feel the only people to do it were the original creators. The sequel may not meet the potential that it originally had. Only time will tell.

  • Lester

    Why not rob :( he’s so much more sibversive than mitchells would ever be.

  • Slim Cognito

    I smell trouble. The Lego Movie is an incredible film and one of the best animated features of all time, but I don’t really see sequel potential. A Lego Batman film is a fun idea, Ninjago could be a fun spoof on action movies, but I don’t see cinematic universe potential here. The film’s been pushed back multiple times and has had a few director swap outs. I think it’s increasingly obvious Warner doesn’t know what direction to go in. Hopefully they sort this out, but I could see this franchise fizzling out.

    • Inkan1969

      “The Lego Movie” of course has that big revelation at the very end. Once you know that, a sequel story is going to feel very strange.

      • Dave 52

        That doesn’t mean they can’t make it work. The idea Lord and Miller have of “exploring the young boy’s adolescence”, “a dystopian Bricksburg”, and “Emmet having a sister” do sound interesting although I’m not sure if those ideas will be in the final draft. And, from what I’ve seen and read from interviews by LEGO Batman director Chris Mckay who left the project to direct Batman but still is producer on the sequel says the movie will be is “ambitious and action packed with big musical numbers”. That alone is very interesting not only with how this movie might try to one up the original but may try something a bit different as well by being a bit of musical.

  • Too Many Cooks

    My username is really appropriate here.

    Seriously, though, why are they doing two LEGO Movies in one year, then a year without any, and then a year with one? Wouldn’t it make more sense to push Ninjago to 2018, then have one per year for three years straight?

    • Dave 52

      To be fair, Warner Animation Group already has two animated films slated for 2018: Smallfoot, an original project, and S.C.O.O.B. a new Scooby Doo film. They originally were going to have The LEGO Movie Sequel was originally going to be released in 2018 but it was pushed back to 2019. Ninjago was originally going to come out in 2016 but was pushed back to 2017 leaving Storks to take the release date.

  • Max C.

    From the writer of Big Mommas, too? Come on, it already sounded lackluster when they announced the first two writers. Lord and Miller are going to have to do a lot of work as producers to make sure the outcome is good (enough). The Hollywood formula takes action again, hiring the most lackluster filmmakers imaginable to ensure that the sequel isn’t anything more than a cash grab in comparison.

    • Dave 52

      I consider the previous announcement of writer and creator of Bojack Horseman writing the script far from lackluster. As for Matt and Mike? I’m going to keep and open mind. Mitchell has made some decent stuff recently with Trolls and the live action portions of Sponge Out Of Water and it’s been a couple of years since the release of Big Mommas so maybe Matt’s writing has improved since then. I mean we all have to start somewhere right? Who knows how it could turn out? I mean Lord, Miller, and the others are still producers of the film so we know they still oversee it so let’s just hope it all ends well.

  • KW

    Aside from whats already been said about the Lego Movie 2 is a Ninjago movie even necessary? Is that toy line really that popular? I could maybe see a Lego Batman movie but Ninjago?

    This train is just getting started, they’re gonna tap every lego series they can for money and suck it dry. Get used to the idea of Lego movies no one asked for for the next 15 years.

  • Inkan1969

    Isn’t “The Lego Batman Movie” the sequel?

    • AmidAmidi

      WB considers Batman and Ninjago to be spin-offs in their Lego ‘franchise.’

  • Keith

    I’ve smelled problems with this sequel ever since they first pushed it back.
    Perhaps story issues? With how the story went, how can you have a great direct sequel to the first movie?
    That may be their concern.

    Now that we know Lego Batman is and is doing great, if I was in charge I would just shelve The Lego Movie Sequel and do more theatrical Lego spinoffs. It seems more financially lucrative anyway, and then you don’t have to deal with the “sequel quality pressure”.

    I’m sure WB could Lego-fy some other franchises and have a lot more fun with them.