‘The Lego Movie Sequel’ has been pushed back to 2019

Warner Bros. has delayed the release of the animated sequel by over nine months

Warner Bros. has delayed The Lego Movie Sequel by over nine months.

The follow-up to The Lego Movie had been due to open in cinemas on May 8, 2018. However, it will now hit cinema screens on February 8, 2019. This means it will take advantage of the same opening weekend in February as the first film had in 2014.

Rob Schrab, best known for his TV work directing episodes of US sitcoms Community and The Mindy Project, has taken over the director’s chair from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo who co-directed The Lego Movie.

Lord and Miller are serving as producers on the sequel and are also co-writing its script. Meanwhile, Robot Chicken‘s Chris McKay has been hired to direct The Lego Batman Movie with Will Arnett reprising his voice role from The Lego Movie.

Released in 2014, The Lego Movie was a surprise smash for Warner Bros, raking in over $468 million (£301 million) at the box office worldwide. Tegan and Sara performed their hit song from the film, ‘Everything Is Awesome!!!’, at the Academy Awards in February 2015.

The Lego Movie Sequel will follow The Lego Batman Movie, which will be released on February 10, 2017, and Ninjago, a Ninja-themed spin-off which will arrive on September 22, 2017.