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Director set for Lego Movie sequel

12 March 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris McKay will direct the sequel to The Lego Movie, the 3D animated blockbuster which has raked in $US362 million at cinemas worldwide.

McKay was animation co-director on the first film, which was co-produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, with animation by Animal Logic.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who co-scripted and directed The Lego Movie, will produce the sequel. A treatment is being written by Michelle Morgan and Jared Stern (Wreck-it Ralph, Mr. Popper's Penguins), according to

Warner Bros. is also considering a spin-off that will broaden the Lego franchise by building on the world of Ninjago, modern cities and ancient villages populated by dragons.

McKay directed 39 episodes of Cartoon Network.s Robot Chicken and the telemovie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.

Warner Bros. has dated the sequel for May 2017. Roadshow launches The Lego Movie on April 3. Chris Pratt voices Emmet, a Lego minifigure »

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‘The Lego Movie’ Guys Won’t Be Directing ‘The Lego Movie 2′

12 March 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There’s no pleasant way to say this, so let’s rip this Band-Aid off right now: Phil Lord and Chris Miller will not be directing the sequel to The Lego Movie. Choke back a sob. Curse the heavens. Scream something unintelligible and overturn the nearest table (in slow-motion, if possible). Let it all out. The guys who made 21 Jump Street uncharacteristically awesome and turned soulless product placement into childlike wonderment are moving on to greener, non-Lego Movie sequel pastures. Of course, this isn’t really the newest of news. A month ago, Lord and Miller basically said the same thing: “it looks like, if the sequel happens, we’ll be producing it.” And that is indeed the case. But here’s the new news: according to Deadline a young upstart named Chris McKay will be taking Lord and Miller’s place in the director’s chair(s). Who is this McKay? First »

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Chris McKay to Direct The Lego Movie Sequel

12 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has found their man to helm the sequel this years break out hit The Lego Movie , and they've chosen Chris McKay, who served as the animation co-director on the first film. McKay is also credited with directing several episodes of "Robot Chicken," "Titan Maximum," and "Moral Orel" in addition to the TV movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III . The directors of the original film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are on board as producers for the sequel, which is currently being written by Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. The film is scheduled for a release on May 26, 2017. The Lego Movie , which has earned over $360 million worldwide, features the voices of »

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