Everything is Even Awesomer: Rob Schrab Directing 'The LEGO Movie Sequel'

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:11 Written by  iamrogue
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Everything is Even Awesomer: Rob Schrab Directing 'The LEGO Movie Sequel'

The inventor of Schrabbing is heading to Bricksburg: Rob Schrab is taking over as director of The LEGO Movie sequel.

Oh, and it turns out The Lego Movie sequel is titled The Lego Movie Sequel.

You may not be familiar with Schrab – or Schrabbing – but rest assured, he's exactly the right man for the job.  As a director, he's overseen episodes of shows like Children's Hospital, Workaholics, The Sarah Silverman Program, and The Mindy Project.  He's also directed a handful of Community episodes, including the animated "G.I. Jeff."

Just as important, Schrab created the singularly great and loony comic Scud: The Disposable Assassin.  He and Dan Harmon co-wrote Monster House, co-founded contemporary comedy institution Channel 101, and, crucially, co-created Heat Vision & Jack, the legendary pilot starring Jack Black as an astronaut on the run and Owen Wilson as the voice of his best friend, a sentient motorcycle.

Schrab has a gleefully anarchic, hyperactive sensibility, and he's right at home peppering breakneck comedy with some emotional vulnerability.  Basically, he's the perfect person to succeed Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's fully on board The Lego Movie Sequel.

“We are so excited to collaborate with Rob. He is a comedy genius, a visual savant, and we have been stalking him for years," said Lord and Miller in a joint statement. "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!’”

Lord and Miller are producing. They also hashed out the super-secret story with Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan.  The story presumably follows the continuing adventures of Emmet Brickowski and Wyldstyle, voiced again by Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks.

Initially, Chris McKay, the animation co-director on The Lego Movie, was set to take the reins on the sequel.  That was before Lord, Miller, and Warner Bros. seized upon the idea of a of a LEGO Batman spinoff for Will Arnett's arch, meta-Caped Crusader.  Now McKay is set to direct that LEGO movie, leaving the director's chair vacant on The LEGO Movie Sequel.  Enter Schrab.

The first movie earned nearly unanimous praise and raked in cash.  As such, Warner Bros. is moving quickly to build a brick empire.  A Ninjago movie is set for September 23, 2016.  Then it's LEGO Batman in May 2017, followed (finally) by The LEGO Movie Sequel at some as-yet unspecified point in 2018.

The LEGO Movie captivated critics and audiences on a global scale with its irresistible blend of humor, imagination and fun," quoth Greg Silverman, the studio's president of creative development and worldwide production. "Warner Bros. is excited to build our relationship with The Lego Group with this new adventure, and we join them in welcoming the multi-talented Rob Schrab to the Lego family as he takes the helm of The Lego Movie Sequel.

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