Jason Segel, Drew Pearce to build 'Lego' spinoff 'Billion Brick Race'

Jason Segel and 'Iron Man 3' writer are enlisted to construct the 'Lego' spinoff 'The Billion Brick Race'

Actor Jason Segel and screenwriter Drew Pearce have a new construction project. The duo have been enlisted to co-write and co-direct "The Billion Brick Race," an installment of Warner Bros' ever-expanding "Lego Movie" franchise, The Times has confirmed.

The film, which is in the early stages of development, would mark the feature directing debut of both Segel and Pearce. Segel, 35, is best known as a comedic actor but has also written for a number of his movies, including "Sex Tape," "The Muppets" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Pearce, 39, is a veteran action scribe whose credits include "Iron Man 3" and "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation."

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about "The Billion Brick Race." Warner Bros. declined to comment on the report.

Since the blockbuster success of 2014's "The Lego Movie," which grossed more than $468 million at the worldwide box office and earned enthusiastic reviews for its kinetic visuals and clever pop-culture commentary, the franchise has become a key piece for Warner Bros.

In addition to "The Billion Brick Race" (plot details of which have yet to emerge), the studio also has a spinoff "Ninjago" movie (about Lego ninjas) on the calendar for September 2016, an untitled Lego Batman movie set for May 2017 and "The Lego Movie Sequel" expected in 2018.

"The Billion Brick Race" does not yet have a release date.

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