The Lego Movie turned out to be one of 2014’s box office hits, so much that Warner Bros green light even more adventures constructed from the popular building blocks. However, while The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie are both arriving next year, there’s a longer wait in store for The Lego Movie Sequel, as it was recently moved from its 2018 release date to 2019. Many assumed this is to work out some kinks, and now that’s been somewhat confirmed, as the movie now has a new writer attached.
While The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller penned The Lego Movie Sequel‘s first draft, Variety is reporting that BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has been hired to rewrite the script. Because Lord and Miller are hard at work preparing for their upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie, Warner Bros decided they wanted a “fresh take” on the script. Lord and Miller are still involved as producers, while Rob Schrab is taking over as director.
We’ll have to wait until The Lego Movie Sequel is released to see what Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s vision for the story is, but his participation will at least guarantee moviegoers plenty of laughs. While his Netflix series BoJack Horseman got off to a mixed start in its first season, Season 2 earned great reviews last year, and Season 3 is premiering on July 22. Bob-Waksberg has obviously proven he has comedic chops to the online streaming crowd, so rewriting The Lego Movie Sequel allows him to not just make the jump to the big screen, but also come up with material for a family-oriented audience.
Little has been revealed about The Lego Movie Sequel, but according to Chris Miller, the second main installment will follow up with the young boy who was playing with the LEGO characters four years after the events of the first movie. The sequel also plans to include more female characters so that it can reach a wider audience. Beyond those tidbits of information, nothing has been revealed about what the story will be or even if any of the previously established characters, like Emmet or Wyldstyle, will be back. It’s more than likely there will be a few returning faces (especially since Chris Pratt and Will Arnett have expressed interest in reprising their roles), but it may be a while until more concrete information comes out.
The Lego Movie Sequel will arrive in theaters on February 8, 2019, almost five years after the first movie came out. However, if you simply can’t wait to get your fill of building block action in a theatrical setting, The Lego Batman Movie will be released on February 10, 2017, and The Lego Ninjago Movie will follow on September 22, 2017.