Shawn Levy Exits Warner Bros.' 'Minecraft'

The project is based on the popular video game
Tommy Garcia
Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy won't be building up any more blocks for Minecraft.

The director has exited the Warner Bros. project based on the popular video game, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the game in late February, and brought on Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney to develop it, with Levy eyeing it as a directorial project.

The game, which centers on players using blocks to create structures and worlds, allows for many interpretations for a film, and sources say Levy's vision wasn't aligning with the vision of others involved with the project.

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Warner Bros. is very hot on the project, and is actively looking for a new director. Roy Lee, one of the producers of mega-hit The Lego Movie, is producing with Jill Messick.

Levy, who most recently helmed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (hitting theaters Dec. 19), is attached to several other projects that could turn out to be his next film. Likely frontrunners include The City That Sailed, an adventure film starring Will Smith, as well as Forty Thieves, a retelling of the folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Variety first reported the news of Levy's departure.

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