Not too long ago, the Minecraft movie looked like it was going full steam ahead, thanks to the combined talents of Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy and The LEGO Movie studio Warner Bros. With a hot video game property at their disposal, and with a director who predominantly has made family friendly films, it looked like a combination that couldn't lose. Unfortunately, Minecraft fans will have to wait a little longer before they get to see any sort of pixelated wonderment, as Shawn Levy has confirmed he's off the project.
The Wall Street Journal interviewed Levy as part of his press tour for Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, and the franchise's director confirmed that he had left the project... and with a very good cause. That reason, as described in the quote below, was that the Mojang team wasn't comfortable with Levy's concept. Said the filmmaker,
"We came up with an approach that felt good to us, and I discussed it with Mojang, the gamemakers who make Minecraft, and they were 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.'"
What was Shawn Levy's Minecraft going to feel like? In the interview, the filmmaker couldn't reveal too much, be he noted that it wasn't really a comedy, but instead more of an adventure with a Goonies-type feel. That's right, guys... we almost has a Minecraft film that could have been The Goonies for the next generation of moviegoer. Basically, Shawn Levy gambled with an idea and it didn't wind up working with the people in charge. It's respectable that Levy was in a position to honor the wishes of Mojang and not press ahead with a film that might have been perfectly legal to make, but would have made the developers more than upset with how their property was being treated.
Shawn Levy also mentioned that he is juggling four ideas to potentially start production next year, and he doesn't specify any names in the interview, it's not hard to peg out his options. In the recent past we've reported his name being attached to multiple projects, as he still has his version of Frankenstein in the works, as well as an adaptation of Fantastic Voyage (which is dependent on Will Smith's participation), an untitled zom rom com, and, of course, the sequel to Real Steel.
Considering the various projects and their stipulations, we're going to go ahead and say that Real Steel 2 is the most likely of the bunch to happen - but you don't have to wait that long to watch Shawn Levy's directorial hand in action. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.