‘Goonies’-style Minecraft Movie Rejected by Mojang as Director Leaves
Mojang has shot down the idea of a 'Goonies'-style Minecraft movie (we're not sure how that would work), as Shawn Levy has decided to move on to direct other projects.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, 'Night at the Museum' director Shawn Levy revealed he left Warner Bros' Minecraft film, Gamespot reports. Levy shared his desire to do a 'Goonies'-like adventure movie based on the franchise, but Mojang rejected the idea. How is it possible to do a story based on a game with very little narrative? It's like doing a Candy Crush cartoon -- what do you do?
"I feel like I've let the children of America down," Levy said. "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. 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.'"
"So I'm not sure what happens next, but I've got like four other movies that I'm considering for next year. It felt like OK, I took a shot there, it wasn't the right fit, narratively, and so I have to focus on the other ones."
Sorry Mo, but if you don't know what you want for the Minecraft movie, why should Hollywood? Nevertheless, Levy revealed his intentions for the project:
"It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a 'Goonies' flair," Levy 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."
In all honesty, we'd probably enjoy a documentary about the history of Mojang, Minecraft and its success than an actual theatrical film based on the game.
"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."
Need to work on my crafts: