Minecraft movie reportedly delayed after director leaves project

Tabitha Dunn
August 7, 2018

At the time, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney was attached to write and direct the movie, but he has since dropped the project altogether. Now that he's out of the running, though, Warner Bros. has brought in Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers), who are also attached to Sony's reboot of Masters of the Universe. The previous script was written by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) and McElhenney. TheWrap says that the loss of McElhenney "should" push back that date, though I suppose there's technically still a slim chance that the studio could power through and stay on track to release the film next summer. The two are now working on a Masters of the Universe adaptation.

As reported by The Wrap, original director and co-writer Rob McElhenney is no longer involved with Warner Bros" movie adaptation of Markus "Notch' Persson's all-conquering game. McElhenney is best known for his work on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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He's the second director to leave the project, following the departure of Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) amid creative differences with the game's developer.

Before it was acquired by Microsoft, Mojang began receiving offers from numerous Hollywood producers for both Minecraft TV shows and movies as early as 2012. Over two years ago, a May 2019 release date was announced, but even that far-off target couldn't be met. The Movie is now the latest one with problems, following Warner Bros. acquisition of Detective Pikachu.

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