The making of a Minecraft movie may have come as a shock, but yes it is happening, just not as soon as previously thought. Mojang vetoed the idea of Night at the Museum director, Shawn Levy, creating an almost Goonies 80's type approach to the movie.
The movie has now lost its director, as Levy discussed his decision to leave the project with The Wall Street Journal. He claimed that he had pitched Mojang on a Goonies-style adventure movie, but that the developer wasn't sold on his vision.
I feel like I've let the children of America down. 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.'
Levy was chosen as the director of the movie in October by Warner Bros., but now he says that he will instead focus on four other projects that he currently has in the works. However, Levy doesn't sound upset with Mojang for passing on his idea.
But it's not my game; they know what they're doing. 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.
What Exactly Did He Want to Do?
So what did Levy want to do with Minecraft? He says it wasn't going to be a comedy, but rather it would have captured the tone and feeling of 1985's The Goonies.
It was not a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair. 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.
As Levy points out, Minecraft is an open world game without a single narrative thread that runs through it. In fact, what many find so compelling about Minecraft is that it's an open sandbox that allows people to create whatever they want. This is exciting for gamers, but it's no doubt a challenge for filmmakers such as Levy. Thoughts?
Will we see Minecraft as a major 'Block-buster' (get it?) or another video game to silverscreen flop? Another director is sure to pick up the gauntlet on this and we will most likely see another plot line published, but will it be good enough to please gamers and movie lovers alike?
What is Minecraft?
In short, Minecraft is an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, thus allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. However, there is an achievement system. Gameplay by default is first person, but players have the option to play in third person mode.
The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks to create anything you wish. The game world is essentially composed of rough 3D objects, mainly cubes that are arranged in a fixed grid pattern and represent different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks.
So, gamers, movie lovers, budding directors - What would you do with Minecraft the movie? Write all your thoughts and comments below! You never know who is reading...
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