Shawn Levy has left his role as director on the upcoming Minecraft movie following Mojang’s rejection of his Goonies-style adventure idea.
“What happened simply is Warner’s asked me to develop, ‘How might this ever be a story for a movie?’ Because it’s not a narrative game,” he explained in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “And we came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang. And they’re like, ‘That doesn’t sound like what we want. If we’re going to see a movie get made, we don’t know what we want, but that doesn’t feel right.’ And I said, ‘OK, well that’s a movie I can envision.'”
Levy explained that he envisioned an adventure movie that had “a bit of a Goonies flair.” “It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair,” he said. “I’m not even allowed to speak of it as much as I have. But it was an adventure movie, and I thought it could have been a lot of fun and fulfilled a lot of the qualities that people love about the game.”
He added that he currently has four other projects in the works and is not bitter about Mojang rejecting his idea. “But it’s not my game; they know what they’re doing,” Levy said. “The truth is there is a long history of trying to make great movies out of games, and they’re rarely done well. Mojang is still figuring out what they want. We gave it a shot and it wasn’t the right fit, so, these things happen.”