Warner Bros. Animation has hired Trolls director Mike Mitchell for its planned sequel to 2014's The Lego Movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the third director for this project, following the departure of Chris McKay and then Rob Schrab. McKay left the project to helm the fast-tracked Lego Batman Movie (which comes out February 10), and Schrab reportedly left over "creative differences."
Mitchell broke into the industry as an artist for Tim Burton and Spike Jones' projects in the early 1990s. In addition to working as an artist on animated films such as Antz, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third, and Monsters vs. Aliens, the CalArts grad directed numerous films including Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Sky High, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Trolls.
The as-yet-untitled Lego Movie sequel is scheduled for release February 8, 2019.