If you thought Creepers blowing up your Minecraft base was a setback, production on Minecraft: The Movie has just received an even more unfortunate blow.
Minecraft: The Movie was first announced back in 2014. Before that year was up, the movie had already lost its intended director. Mojang rejected Shawn Levy (of Night at the Museum fame) and his Goonies-style adventure idea, seeking something a different script that would work better in the fairly plotless sandbox-style game. The movie, which was supposed to start production that year, ground to a halt.
Now, the movie is facing yet another setback. As revealed by The Wrap, both its new director, Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and its writer, Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) have left the project, to be replaced with Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers).
While the movie was intended to release in May 2019, this total overhaul of the talent behind it means that the film has been pushed back even further. Four years after it was first announced, there’s now no known release date on the movie.
Little is known about the movie’s content. Earlier, Mojang COO Vu Bui stressed that the film should not prioritize any single story or any one correct way to play the game, fearing that it would turn players off from experimenting with their own play styles. With a new director and a new writer on board, however, it’s not clear what direction the new story will take.