After bringing tiny, neon-haired trolls to the big screen, Mike Mitchell is turning his eye to another beloved set of toys.
Warner Bros. Animation has hired Mitchell to direct the upcoming sequel to The Lego Movie, EW has confirmed. He replaces Community’s Rob Schrab, who was previously attached to the project.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed the first film, wrote the original script for The Lego Movie sequel, but they’re currently busy shooting the young Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm. Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who created Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, was tapped for rewrites over the summer, and Matt Fogel has written the latest draft.
The original Lego Movie was a massive hit when it opened in February 2014, earning almost $470 million worldwide and getting “Everything Is Awesome” permanently stuck in everyone’s heads. The sequel won’t hit theaters until Feb. 8, 2019, but The Lego Batman Movie spinoff opens next week and stars Will Arnett as the gravelly-voiced Dark Knight.
Mitchell’s involvement with the sequel comes after Trolls earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He previously directed other animated sequels like Shrek Forever After and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, as well as live-action films like Sky High and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.