Director Shawn Levy and Writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney Won’t Be Building MINECRAFT

     December 9, 2014

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Minecraft, a videogame whose appeal continues to elude me, is currently in development at Warner Bros.  In the game, the player builds whatever world they want using pixilated cubes, and can choose between a survival mode where they protect it from nocturnal monsters, or the player can go with a passive mode where they can build to their hearts’ content without any risk of destruction.  I guess it’s just fun to build things in digital space, but it doesn’t easily lend itself to a feature film, and the adaptation is looking for new writers and a director.

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A couple months ago, we reported that Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) was in talks to direct Minecraft and Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney would be handling the script.  According to Variety, Levy and the writers presented their idea to the studio last month, but the game’s developers, Mojang, had a different vision for the adaptation.  The filmmaker and the studio have parted ways rather than try to keep pushing for some kind of compromise.  Warner Bros. is still very eager to get their Minecraft movie up and running, and is aiming to have a director attached before the end of the year.

As for Levy, he has no shortage of new projects.  Although he currently has yet to choose a new movie, and will likely not do so until he’s finished doing press on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Variety says he’s deciding between 40 Thieves (a retelling of the short story “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”), a remaining of Tinkebell starring Melissa McCarthy, and the adventure movie The City that Sailed starring Will Smith.  Levy is expected to make his decision sometime next year.  Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens December 19th.

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