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Jason Segel, Drew Pearce to Co-Direct New 'LEGO Movie' Spinoff

Titled 'Billion Brick Race,' spinoff joins three 'LEGO' movies already on Warner Bros.' release schedule.

Warner Bros. has hired writer and actor Jason Segel and Drew Pearce, the writer behind Iron Man 3, to write and co-direct a new LEGO movie entitled The Billion Brick Race, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

The new project follows on the heels of last year’s breakaway hit, The LEGO Movie, which made $469 million worldwide. Billion Brick Race would be in addition to three movies that the studio already has dated for release or is in production on: the Charlie Bean-directed Ninjago in 2016, followed by The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017, and The LEGO Movie 2 in 2018.

The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, are all on board to produce Billion Brick Race. Plot details have not yet been revealed, but the story will reportedly be based on an original idea by Pearce.

This will be Segel and Pearce’s first foray into feature directing. Segel has already been branching out into writing studio films, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and last year’s Sex Tape. Pearce has worked on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which opens July 31, and is also working on the new Ghostbusters movie for Sony.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.