Minecraft has surpassed the realm of gaming to become a pop culture phenomenon. So it came as no surprise to anyone that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights for a film adaptation of the iconic property. However, the Minecraft movie seems to be in some trouble after losing its director, Rob McElhenney.
This news comes via The Wrap, who confirmed with former director Rob McElhenney, that the film would no longer be on track to hit its original May 2019 release date after his departure. Why Rob has decided to leave the film is still unclear at this point. Neither the director nor Warner Bros. has commented on why the two have decided to part ways.
McElhenny was most well known for playing Mac in the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Minecraft movie was set to be McElhenny’s first directing credit. McElhenny also helped co-write the script for the film with Jason Fuchs who penned the script for Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. has made it clear that they have scrapped Rob McElhenny’s script for the film. The studio instead plans to go back to square one, with a brand new script written by the Nee brothers.
The Nee brothers are also set to direct the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie for Sony. With the Nee Brothers currently working on both projects, it is unclear as to when we can expect to see progress on the Minecraft movie.
Given the current track record for video game movies, it would be great to see a creative idea come out of one of gamings biggest franchises, Minecraft. It looks like we will have to wait quite a while to figure out if Minecraft will be the one to break the mold.
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