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‘Minecraft’ Movie: Director Shawn Levy Reveals Why He Left

‘Minecraft’ Movie: Director Shawn Levy Reveals Why He Left

Earlier this week, we reported that director Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have parted ways with Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft, because video game publisher Mojang didn't spark to their take on the property. While promoting his new sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, arriving in theaters December 19, Shawn Levy offered more details about his exit in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Here's what he had to say, confirming that his story didn't sit quite well with Mojang."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. So, I'm not sure what happens next, but I've got four other movies that I'm considering for next year and it felt like, OK, I took a shot there, it wasn't a right fit, narratively, and now I have to focus on the other ones.

With Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney now off the project, it remains to be seen who Warner Bros. will find to replace them. It also isn't clear what Shawn Levy will make next, since he is attached to Forty Thieves, The City That Sailed and Fantastic Voyage at Fox, along with a number of other projects. Who would you like to see take the helm on Minecraft? Chime in with your thoughts below.

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‘Minecraft’ Movie Loses Director Shawn Levy

‘Minecraft’ Movie Loses Director Shawn Levy

Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft has lost director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), just two months after he signed on to direct and develop the project. Screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) have also left the project, after helping develop the adaptation. Both the director and writers presented their ideas to the studio, but their story, "didn't mesh with what the video game developers were looking for," and both sides thought it would be best to part ways.

The studio sees Minecraft as a very important property, and hopes to find a replacement director before year's end. Warner Bros. acquired rights to the video game back in February from Swedish company Mojang, with Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick set to produce. Minecraft is currently one of the most popular "open world" games, with over 100 million registered users for the online game at Minecraft.net. The XBox 360 version has also sold over 10 million units. The game allows users to use bricks to build massive walls to protect them from the evil creatures in a realm known as The Nether.

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‘Minecraft’ Movie Lands ‘Night at the Museum’ Director Shawn Levy

‘Minecraft’ Movie Lands ‘Night at the Museum’ Director Shawn Levy

Filmmaker Shawn Levy has signed on to develop and direct Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft, which the studio picked up back in February.

The video game, designed by Swedish company Mojang, first launched with a Beta version in 2009, with those users essentially helping to develop and market the game before its official launch in 2011. Described as one of the best "open world games" currently available, Minecraft players use cubes to build walls to protect them from evil nocturnal monsters in a world known as The Nether.

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‘The City That Sailed’ Moves Forward with Director Shawn Levy and Will Smith

‘The City That Sailed’ Moves Forward with Director Shawn Levy and Will Smith

http://movieweb.com/person/will-smith/ 20th Century Fox has hired Director Shawn Levy to develop and helm The City That Sailed with Will Smith officially on board to star.

The story centers around a street magician in Manhattan, New York, who is separated from his young daughter. She relocates to London, England and finds magic candles that make her wishes come true. This causes the island of Manhattan to separate from the continent and it floats toward England, bringing her dad closer to her.

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Shawn Levy to Produce ‘The Lost’ for New Line Cinema

Shawn Levy to Produce ‘The Lost’ for New Line Cinema

Shawn Levy has signed on to produce an action-comedy entitled The Lost for New Line Cinema.

T.J. Fixman (Ratchet & Clank) wrote the action-comedy spec script about a group of reformed first-time criminals who find themselves framed for the murder of their parole officer. Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps Entertainment banner, alongside Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen. No production schedule has been given.

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EXCLUSIVE: Director Shawn Levy Talks Google and ‘The Internship’

EXCLUSIVE: Director Shawn Levy Talks Google and ‘The Internship’

Not many people graduate from Yale with honors, but filmmaker Shawn Levy did, and at just 20 years of age. In fact, if Google had been around in the mid-80s, those impressive academic credentials may have even landed him in the coveted internship program, which is showcased in the director's latest comedy The Internship. Vince Vaughn (who co-wrote the screenplay with Jared Stern) and Owen Wilson star as two aging salesmen who, after losing their jobs, decide to reinvent themselves by becoming interns at Google, competing with brilliant youngsters half their age while dealing with contentious teammates (Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael) who want nothing to do with them. I recently had the chance to speak with Shawn Levy over the phone about The Internship, hitting theaters nationwide June 7th. Here's what he had to say about shooting in the actual Google facility (a.k.a. The Googleplex), finding his young supporting cast, and much more.

I really loved your last film, Real Steel, but you've been very much steeped in this comedy world for some time. Were you looking to jump right back into comedy after Real Steel, or were you looking to stay in that more dramatic world at first?

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Jason Bateman Rejoins ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ for Director Shawn Levy

Jason Bateman Rejoins ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ for Director Shawn Levy

The actor left the project when director Adam Shankman dropped out, with Ari Graynor, Isla Fisher, and Zoe Saldana testing for the female lead.
Shawn Levy Set to Direct ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Shawn Levy Set to Direct ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

The director will revise the adapted script by novelist Jonathan Tropper, centering on a family forced to reunited after their father's death.