After several months officially signed on for the project, director Shawn Levy departed the Warner Bros. Pictures film adaptation of the popular “Minecraft” game series earlier this week.
Now, Levy has told The Wall Street Journal that he left the film due to that old chestnut – “creative differences”. Levy says his take on the film was an adventure movie with “a bit of a Goonies flair” and explains his departure:
“What happened simply is, Warners asked me to develop kind of how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it’s not a narrative game. We came up with an approach that felt good to us and I discussed it with Mojang, the game makers who make Minecraft, and they were like, that doesn’t sound like what we want if we’re gonna see a movie get made. We don’t know what we want, but that doesn’t feel right. And I said okay, well that feels like – that’s a movie I can envision.
I thought it could have been a lot of fun and fulfilled a lot of the qualities people love about the game. But you know what it’s not my game, they know what they’re doing. And the truth is there is a long history of trying to make great movies out of games, and they’re rarely done well. I think Mojang is still figuring out what they want. We gave it a shot and it wasn’t the right fit, and so these things happen.”
Both Mojang and Warners are said to be keen to build an all audience franchise out of the property so are understandably planning to take their time with it. Levy himself meanwhile has numerous projects in development.