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Minecraft movie adaptation delayed as Rob McElhenney exits as director

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Aug 4, 2018

You know the ol' saying no news is good news? Well, that's not really the case here. We hadn't been hearing much regarding Warner Bros.' adaptation of the classic video game Minecraft, which was first announced back in 2014, and now TheWrap reports that the project is getting seriously delayed.

Per the report, director and co-writer Rob McElhenney (also star of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) has now officially exited the movie, which will not be ready for its May 2019 release as a result. "No, that is not happening," McElhenney told the site.  

There were no further details given on why, although now writing and directing duo Aaron and Adam Nee are said to be taking over the scriptwriting duties, following the previous draft that was written by Wonder Woman co-writer Jason Fuchs.

The last we heard, The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee said back in February 2016 that they were in the scripting process and about to show the studio what the Minecraft world would look like on the big screen.

Lee is still attached to the project as the producer, along with Jill Messick under his Vertigo Entertainment company. Lee previously said of the movie that Minecraft "would be part of a multiverse where humans can enter that has the feel of what the live action version of a Minecraft experience."

The game's creator and designer, Markus Persson, first revealed the news about the movie version on Twitter in 2014, saying: “Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!"

For those unfamiliar, Minecraft is one of the top five "open world"-type games, where players can engage in a virtual world, creating any environment they can dream up with virtual blocks. It is often described as a "open sandbox" where the users can build whatever their hearts desire.

That being said, it seems those trying to make the movie version happen can’t quite decide on exactly how they want to build the big-screen version of this beloved game. Come on, guys, make it happen! 

Are you growing impatient for Minecraft the movie? Or would you prefer for them to get it just right? Let us know below.