Warner Bros’ 2014 animated film The LEGO Movie opened to praise from both critics and viewers alike, with that success reflected in the movie’s box office haul of $469 million worldwide and an Oscar nomination (though for Best Original Song rather than Best Animated Film). The LEGO Movie saw enough success that Warner Bros. granted the film a sequel, The LEGO Movie 2, and spinoffs, including The LEGO Batman Movie and Ninjago.
However, while The LEGO Batman Movie is on track for its 2017 debut, Warner Bros. recently pushed the release date for The LEGO Movie 2 back from 2018 to 2019. Now, the studio has set a new screenwriter to rework the script for the sequel.
Variety is reporting Warner Bros. has tapped Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) to rewrite the original script that had been penned by Lord and Miller. Although Lord and Miller are staying on as producers for The LEGO Movie 2, they are currently working on the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff film, which they’re attached to direct for Disney/Lucasfilm. Rob Schrab, who directed the animated short The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure, is set to helm the animated LEGO Movie sequel for Warner Bros.
Aside from his work in creating BoJack Horseman for Netflix, Bob-Waksberg has largely worked in TV, with a writing credit on the short-lived NBC comedy Save Me in addition to acting credits on Adam Ruins Everything and Childrens Hospital. The LEGO Movie 2 will be his Bob-Waksberg’s first film gig.
Considering the shift in release dates and the addition of Bob-Waksberg’s eyes to the script for The LEGO Movie 2, fans may be worried about the sequel’s future – especially since The LEGO Movie became such a hit in 2014, and many were disappointed to see that it didn’t receive the Best Animated Film Oscar nomination. Plus, fans of the first film may be hesitant of another writer reworking the script since Lord and Miller have a unique knack for taking seemingly silly properties and turning them into films beloved by many.
That being said, because of The LEGO Movie’s success, it’s likely Warner Bros. is even more dedicated to making sure the sequel is the best that it can be – by hiring a writer to tweak the script and giving the team more time before its scheduled release. Certainly, considering the massive box office success of Finding Dory this summer, it’s evident that animated sequels can be just as successful as the original film – if not more so. Still, with both LEGO Batman and Ninjago films set to premiere before The LEGO Movie 2 and, as a result, plenty of time before we know more about the sequel, it remains to be seen how Warner Bros’ vision for the LEGO Movie followup lives up to its predecessor.
The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie 2 on February 8th, 2019 and Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.