Writer/director Drew Pearce has revealed that his LEGO Movie spinoff Billion Brick Raceis a massive, genre-blending racing movie in the vein of classics like Cannonball Run. At one point, the Iron Man 3 writer was attached to direct the animated project from a script that he cowrote with Jason Segel, based on an original idea that Pearce had pitched to Warner Bros. for its LEGO franchise. For the time being, however, the film is in a holding pattern with an uncertain future.
Following The LEGO Movie‘s runaway critical and commercial success in 2014, WB began to rapidly expand the LEGO cinematic universe to encompass multiple spinoffs (The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie), in addition to at least one sequel to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s original LEGO film. Billion Brick Race was part of that original LEGO sequel/spinoff slate and even had a tentative Mary 2019 release date at one point. Since then, the project has struggled to move forward and most recently saw The Book of Life helmsman Jorge R. Gutiérrez (who stepped in after Pearce left the film) drop out as director, for as-yet unspecified reasons.
In the meantime, Pearce has gone on to make his feature directing debut on Hotel Artemis, a mashup of science-fiction and hard-boiled noir conventions set in futuristic Los Angeles. Yahoo! Movies sat down with Pearce to discuss the film ahead of its release in the UK this Friday and the interview eventually turned to the topic of Billion Brick Race. Pearce confirmed that he was going to direct the film before he stepped down for Hotel Artemis, having already written a couple of projects with Segel that he says haven’t been released yet. He doesn’t know much about the film’s current status for that reason, but said “Hopefully, they’re still planning to make it”.