The film adaptation of the popular sandbox video game Minecraft is still in the development phase, with Peter Sollett taking over as director and writer, according to Variety.
Sollett is taking over from the previous director and co-writer Rob McElhenney, who dropped out back in August 2018. Co-writers Aaron and Adam Nee are still on board the project.
Sollett’s previous notable works include Raising Victor Vargas (2002), Five Feet High and Rising (2000), and Freeheld (2015) – all of which were dramas.
Joining him in the producer’s chair will be Roy Lee (It, The Lego Movie), Jon Berg (Aquaman, Justice League, Wonder Woman), and none other than the game’s developer Mojang.
Minecraft has also had its fair share of issues regarding casting. The most notable of these was Steve Carell (Despicable Me series, The Office, 40-Year-Old Virgin), who had reportedly been in talks to act in the film), but ultimately gave way due to scheduling issues.
Due to the constant changes in cast and crew, Minecraft‘s initial release date of May 24 this year have been pushed back. More details of the new release date and casting will be revealed in time.
Despite this setback, Mojang is still keeping their hands busy with the announcement of their new video game entry Minecraft: Dungeons, slated to release sometime later this year.