The LEGO Movie 2 Taps Trolls Director

Warner Bros.' "The LEGO Movie" sequel has found its director in Mike Mitchell, who helmed DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls."

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The Hollywood Reporter revealed Mitchell replaced TV comedy veteran Rob Schrab, who left the project over "creative differences." Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind "The LEGO Movie" and now the directors of the "Star Wars" Han Solo film, worked on the first draft. The script was then rewritten by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of the acclaimed Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman."

Schrab's resume includes episodes of television comedies "Community," "The Mindy Project," and "Children's Hospital." "The LEGO Movie 2" would have marked his feature debut.

Mitchell is no stranger to sequels, having made his animation debut with "Shrek Forever After." He then dipped his toe into CG and live-action with "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and followed that up with "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."

"Trolls" is the film that garnered Mitchell the most attention from studios, as he displayed a knack for handling both musical and comedic acting, two things "The LEGO Movie 2" are sure to utilize. "Trolls" grossed nearly $339 million worldwide.

The sequel to "The LEGO Movie" had its release date pushed back to 2019, with the spinoff "The LEGO Batman Movie" arriving in theaters on Feb. 10.

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