Upcoming LEGO movie The Billion Brick Race has lost director Jorge R. Gutierrez, leaving the future of the project in doubt.
Two movies are currently in development as part of the LEGO cinematic brick bucket, The LEGO Movie Sequel and The Billion Brick Race. Both are due for release in 2019, although the latter may now get pushed back as it has lost its director.
The Billion Brick Race was originally slated to be directed by Drew Pearce and Jason Segel, until Jorge R. Gutierrez was announced as the film’s new director last year. Now, Flickering Myth reveals that Gutierrez has departed the project, with the following statement:
“I would like to publicly and from the bottom of my heart thank everyone I worked with at Briksburg, LEGO and WAG. These last 9 months were a rollercoaster of thrills to say the least. I met so many amazing new people and learned a ton from all these incredible artists, directors, writers, editors, producers and execs. I leave a better filmmaker and it’s because of you all. May our paths cross again. Gracias mis amigos. And as I toasted on my first day there, ‘May we slip n slide on the blood of our enemies!!!’”
Whether Gutierrez will be replaced, or the project will be indefinitely postponed, is as yet unconfirmed.