Warner Bros. has added yet another movie to its expansive LEGO franchise, with writers Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) signing on to write the script and co-direct a new project entitled The Billion Brick Race. This project will be the fourth to be spawned from last year's blockbuster The Lego Movie. Warner Bros. is currently working on Ninjago (September 23, 2016), The LEGO Batman Movie (May 26, 2017) and The Lego Movie Sequel slated for release sometime in 2018.
No specific details were given, but the story is based on an original idea that Drew Pearce came up with, which "excited the studio," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Billion Brick Race will be both Jason Segel and Drew Pearce's directorial debuts, although no release date was given at this time. Since Warner Bros. currently has LEGO movies planned until 2018, it's certainly possible they could be aiming for a 2019 release, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce alongside Roy Lee and Dan Lin, with Courtenay Valenti overseeing the project for Warner Bros. While Jason Segel is best known as an actor, he has also co-written the scripts for comedies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement and Sex Tape, all with Nick Stoller. Drew Pearce co-wrote Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black and the upcoming Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. He also wrote and directed Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King.