Saturday, August 4, 2018

Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

The Minecraft movie based on titular sandbox survival game is delayed as director Rob McElhenney drops out.

Considering the immense popularity of the sandbox video game Minecraft, developer Mojang has teamed up with Warner Bros. to make a movie and the news was leaked on Twitter in 2014. Then the title received a premiere date for May 2019 when they announced Rob McElhenney (How to Be a Gentleman, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as director and co-writer in 2015. However, now the previously scheduled date is being pushed back because of McElhenny leaving the project.

minecraft movie delayed director drop
Minecraft Movie Delayed as Director Exits

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Aside from losing director, the film has gotten two new writers, Aaron and Adam Nee to pitch a new script now. It means, McElhenny’s script will no longer be adapted, which he previously worked out with renowned actor and screenwriter, Jason Fuchs (La La Land, Wonder Woman). As they scrapped the former draft and assigned the newly recruited writers to bring a new one, it clearly pushes back development in long run and therefore, the movie is sure to be delayed from intended schedule.

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Initially, the involved parties decided to go for a live-action film instead of an animated one and were talking to Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) before finally settling on McElhenny. Producer Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie) is still attached to Minecraft movie, which obviously a good news for Warner Bros., because if this movie somehow achieves success anywhere near the LEGO movies series, there are possibilities for a franchise in work then.

rob mcelhenney exits minecraft movie
Rob McElhenney Leaves Minecraft Movie

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The movie is based on the sandbox survival game Minecraft, where players roam around with their cube shaped characters and engage in world-building. They also gather resources for crafting new objects. Rumors of actor/comedian Steve Carell (Evan Almighty, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) to voice the lead role named Steve were heard but never eventually confirmed though. Since the beginning of the project’s inception, announcements about the film have come out quite rarely.