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Minecraft movie reportedly delayed after director leaves project

07 August 2018

Warner Bros.' upcoming film adaptation of Microsoft's Minecraft has suffered a series of set backs, which include most notably a director change.

TheWrap reports that director and co-writer Rob McElhenney has walked out of the project, though the reasons for this move are now unknown.

According to unnamed sources, these changes will delay the movie, which, as of two years ago, was previously scheduled to hit May 24, 2019.

Speaking of the planned release date to The Wrap, McElhenney said: 'No, that is not happening'.

Warner Bros. has since commissioned Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers, The Last Romantic) to write a new script for the Minecraft movie. The two are now working on a Masters of the Universe adaptation. Roy Lee and Jill Messick are still attached to produce the film for Vertigo Entertainment. The Nee brothers wrote and directed a 2015 indie feature called Band of Robbers, a modern retelling of author Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn stories, and they're now slated to direct a new version of Masters of the Universe. 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 Movie is now the latest one with problems, following Warner Bros. acquisition of Detective Pikachu. After getting the greenlit from Persson and co., work on the project began under Shawn Levy as director, who was eventually replaced with McElhenney.

Troubled production cycles for movies based on popular video game franchises is seemingly ongoing.

Minecraft movie reportedly delayed after director leaves project