The burgeoning "Lego Movie" franchise has a new master builder: Chris McKay, who served as animation co-director on the first film.
McKay has been hired to direct the 2017 sequel, according to a Deadline Hollywood report, taking the reins from "Lego Movie" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
A Chicago native, McKay got his start in TV animation, winning an Emmy for his work on
Lord and Miller scored an, er, blockbuster with their animated adventure about a cheerful, obedient everyman facing off against an evil despot. Since its release Feb. 7, "The Lego Movie" has grossed more than $362 million worldwide, on a budget of less than $65 million. The pair will stick around as producers on the "Lego" sequel, which is being written by Jared Stern ("The Internship") and Michelle Morgan ("Girl Most Likely").
While "The Lego Movie" has proved to be one of the year's most successful films and biggest surprises, the sequel seems to be moving in a slightly different direction.
With its February release date, "The Lego Movie" provided a breath of fresh air in a typically fallow period for interesting new films, but the sequel has been set for a prime