Shawn Levy Exits Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’

By December 9, 2014
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After Warner Bros. gained the film rights to popular sandbox video game Minecraft, they began developing a film adaptation in earnest with director Shawn Levy (Night at the MuseumReal Steel) and writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Now, all three creators have left the project behind.

According to an exclusive report from Variety, the vision that Levy and the Mulroneys had for an adaptation of Minecraft clashed with the vision that the game’s creators, a development studio called Mojang, had for the film. After an accord couldn’t be reached, it became clear to the writers and the director that they should part ways from the project.  The Variety report also states that the Minecraft property is still a priority for Warner Bros., and that development of the project will continue in concert with the game’s developers at Mojang. Mojang, based in Stockholm, Sweden, likely has a greater infrastructure in dealing with American movie studios since they were recently acquired by the Microsoft Corporation, effectively making future Minecraft releases exclusive to Microsoft platforms like Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

It’s also not too surprising that Warner Bros. wants to push out a film with the Minecraft name, since the game has seen sales of over 54 million copies over all released platforms, currently making it the third best-selling video game of all time (behind Tetris on mobile devices, and 2006’s bundled game Wii Sports on the original Wii console from Nintendo).

Shawn Levy has yet to decide what his next will be, and he will begin promoting this year’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb this week ahead of its December 19th release. For more on the Minecraft movie as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.