Twitter Terrorists Win: Rob Schrab To Direct THE LEGO MOVIE SEQUEL

The COMMUNITY director and SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN creator (and Twitter terrorist) takes the LEGO reigns.

If you bought the Season 5 DVD of Community, you can enjoy the making of the GI Joe episode that nearly killed everyone involved, in particular director Rob Schrab, who was working on the episode pretty much until the day it aired. It's not an exhaustive piece, but it's long enough to see how much they all cared about getting the look absolutely right, and cramming it with in-jokes and references for both Community AND Joe* fans alike (plus Schrab's hit comic Scud: The Disposable Assassin). And all that work was under-appreciated; the episode had one of the lowest ratings in the show's history.

Luckily, it seems Chris Miller and Philip Lord were among the few that watched, as they've tapped Schrab to direct The Lego Movie Sequel, currently slated for a 2018 release. This will be Schrab's feature debut, and I personally think it's the best possible choice they could have made to fill Lord and Miller's shoes, as they will agreed to write and produce the sequel but had no desire to direct. His attention to detail and ability to cram the frame with jokes without making it overcrowded make him a perfect fit for a Lego movie. His Community episodes are all standouts (he also helmed the well-received Law & Order spoof), and that plus his work on Parks & Rec means he's already established a working relationship with a good chunk of the Lego cast (Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman...), assuming they all return.

In a statement, Lord & Miller offered these words of praise: "We are so excited to collaborate with Rob. 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!'"

The 2018 date is currently penciled in; first up we will have the Lego Batman movie directed by Chris McKay, due in 2017, as well as a Ninjago film that will likely not be as exciting to anyone beyond Ninjago fans. And if you're a gamer, you can almost be assured all of these will get their own games, as that counterpart franchise continues to grow strong (they recently announced Jurassic Park and Avengers games, both due this year). The only downside I can see, beyond the potential for more "Schrabbing" on Twitter (please don't leave any "What movie is he directing?" type comments), is that he might be too busy to direct any more Community episodes should the 6th season on Yahoo prove to be successful enough to warrant a 7th. But otherwise, like the song says, everything is great!

*My personal favorite was the "Days Since Last Accident" board, which if you counted back from the show's original airdate would match up exactly to the day the GI Joe cartoon premiered.
 

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