‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Hires ‘Community’ Director Rob Schrab
Although Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren’t returning to direct the LEGO Movie sequel, the duo will stay on as executive producers and are writing the screenplay for the project. We’ve been wondering who might be awesome enough to direct the sequel, which has been given the difficult task of living up to its predecessor, and now we have an answer: Rob Schrab, known best for directing episodes of former NBC series Community.
If you’re concerned, don’t be: this isn’t the first time a Community veteran has been hired for a beloved blockbuster franchise. As you might recall, Joe and Anthony Russo worked on Community before they were brought on to helm Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its upcoming sequel (and, as we’ve been hearing, Avengers: Infinity War). So Community is definitely a good place to pick up some directors, if you’re in the market for that sort of thing.
According to Variety, Lord and Miller have chosen Schrab to take on the LEGO Movie sequel, marking Schrab’s feature directorial debut. Schrab also previously directed episodes of Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project. Lord and Miller, who are also writing and producing the sequel, released this confidence-inspiring statement regarding Schrab:
He is a comedy genius, a visual savant, and we have been stalking him for years. 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!’
Of course! Of the Community episodes directed by Schrab, the biggest standouts are Season 5's “G.I. Jeff,” which transformed the series into a cartoon reminiscent of G.I. Joe, and “Basic Lupine Urology,” a delightful Law & Order: SVU riff. Schrab was also a writer and director for The Sarah Silverman Program, and he’s helmed episodes of the great Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital.
That’s quite the resume, and that’s barely half of it. We trust Lord and Miller’s creative decisions completely at this point—hell, if anyone can sell us on a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover, it’s them.
The LEGO Movie sequel is set to hit theaters and make everything awesome again in 2018.