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Director Shawn Levy on why he left the Minecraft movie

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy has left the Minecraft film adaptation, citing creative differences with the game’s developer, Mojang.

“[Warner Bros.] asked me to develop how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it’s a non-narrati…
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Minecraft Movie Loses Its Director

The future of Warner Bros.' film based on the popular
blocky open-world sandbox is now in peril, as Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy has abandoned the project.

Levy discussed his decision to leave the project with The Wall Street Journal, saying that he
had pitched Mojang on a Goonies-style
adventure movie, but that the developer wasn't sold on his vision. "It was not
a comedy. It had a bit of a Goonies flair…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."

Levy was chosen as the director of the movie in
October by Warner Bros.
, but says that he will now 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."

[Source: The
Wall Street Journal
via Gamespot]


Our Take
Making a movie based
on Minecraft sounds like a disaster, but Levy had me when he referenced
Goonies as the style of film he was aiming
. It's disappointing that he won't
be working on the project – although I'm not the biggest fan of Levy's movies,
I trust the accomplished Hollywood director with nearly 20 years of directing experience
to know what makes a good film more than an indie game developer. Here's hoping
Warner Bros. can figure out a direction that appeases both Mojang and filmgoers alike. – The Feed

Oscar-winning Hurt Locker writer joins Uncharted movie

Things are looking up for the eternally-in-production film adaptation of Uncharted, as the Hollywood Reporter claims Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has been tapped to work on the film’s screenplay.

Though you may not recognize the name, Boal’s…
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Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Pushed To August 2015

Originally meant to release in February, Fox's new Hitman film adaptation has been pushed back six months.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the push is related to extra time needed to complete special effect shots for the film. This isn't the first hurdle the film has had to clear. Paul Walker was originally cast as Agent 47, but the role was awarded to Rupert Friend after Walker's unexpected death.

You can find out more about the film by heading here.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter, via CVG]


Our Take
A Hitman movie certainly has potential to offer a worthwhile actions experience. The 2007 film with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role didn't impress man, but it also wasn't as reviled as many video game adaptations. Maybe this new film will be something worth getting excited about. – The Feed

Report: Minecraft movie finds its builder

Deadline reports that Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is in talks with Warner Bros. to help develop the feature film based on Mojang’s $ 2.5 billion giant, Minecraft.

With production helmed by the same producer behind the popular LEGO Movie,…
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Report: The Lego Movie’s Batman Getting His Own Spinoff Movie

One of The Lego Movie’s most amusing characters is getting his own spinoff. Will Arnett will be reprising his role as the caped crusader for a Lego Batman film likely due in 2017.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that Chris McKay, who was the animation director on The Lego Movie, is handling Lego Batman. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is writing the screenplay.

The plot and whether this will be an extension of the Batman character seen in The Lego Movie have yet to be discussed. For more on The Lego Movie, check out our review of the game. A third Lego Batman game subtitled Beyond Gotham is due out on November 11 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, and PC. – The Feed

Casting Call – The Tetris Movie

From time to time, we put together casting calls for actors we would like to see playing characters in film adaptations of video games. Recently, a movie based on the Tetris license was announced, and since we already obviously know who the characters will be (the Tetrominos) we are outlining who we want to see play the iconic pieces in the film.

I (Straight Polyomino)Tom Hanks
Always reliable and never disappointing, this role belongs to Tom Hanks. He was born to play the Tetris piece you're always happy to see. As a bonus, Hanks played the character Viktor Navorski from the fictional country Krakozhia in The Terminal. It may be fictional, but it is heavily implied that Krakozhia is based in Russia, the homeland of Tetris.

O (Square Polyomino)Kevin Hart
As the shortest of the Tetrominos, it’s important that the Square Polyomino be played by a short actor. At 5’4”, Hart is the perfect height, but he is also good at playing the person you need the most when you’re in a tight spot and just need to clear a few lines to get back on your feet. Plus, he's in everything lately, so I think people would be confused if he weren't in the movie.

T (T-Polyomino) Gary Oldman
As the most versatile of the Tetrominos (it can be a stand in for a J, L, S, or Z Tetromino), the actor playing the T-Polyomino must themselves be incredibly versatile. With the ability to inhabit radically different roles in many different films, Oldman is the man for the job.

J and L (L-Polyominos)Aubrey Plaza
Always slightly awkward, but always welcome in a scene, Plaza is perfect to play the Tetris piece that you don’t think will fit, but ends up being the one you needed all along. In Parks and Recreation, you would never think her character’s relationship with Chris Pratt’s would work, but it absolutely does.

S and Z (Skew Polyominos)Charlie Day
In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, his character has been called an unpredictable wild card, and with his tendency to yell and scream in his roles, you might not always want him around. When he fits properly though, he is an absolutely welcome addition.

For more casting calls, head here for The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed, Half-Life, Mass Effect, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead Redemption. – The Feed

Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, And More Confirmed For Angry Birds Movie

Rovio revealed today a cast list for its upcoming Angry Birds movie and it includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph among others.

The full list includes an impressive collection of very funny people. Jason Sudeikis stars as Red (a bird with anger management issues), Josh Gad plays the fast bird Chuck, Danny McBride plays Bomb, Bill Hader plays the villain, Maya Rudolph plays a character named Matilda, and Peter Dinklage plays the Mighty Eagle.

Supporting roles will be played by Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), musician Romeo Santos, and Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla of the Smosh YouTube channel fame.

Planned for release on July 1, 2016, Angry Birds is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, neither of whom have directing credits, but have worked on films like Wreck-it Ralph, The Iron Giant, Frozen, Tangled, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs among many other animated films.

For more on the movie, head here.

[Source: Rovio, via Joystiq]


Our Take
My interest in this movie has risen quite a bit after the announcement of the cast. I am especially excited to see Hannibal Buress as part of the cast. He is probably my favorite stand-up comedian right now. You can check out one of my favorite bits of his by heading here. – The Feed

There is a Tetris sci-fi movie in the works

With all the movie adaptations of video games that have popped up over the years, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to turn Tetris into a movie. …

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Sony’s Shadow Of The Colossus Movie Has A New Director

Sony has been mulling a movie based on Team ICO’s Shadow of the Colossus for five years now, and the project might be about to get some traction. A director has been named for the film.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Andres Muschietti (Mama) will be handling directorial responsibilities, replacing Chronicle director Josh Trank. Seth Lochhead (co-writer of Hanna) will be preparing the script.

Shadow of the Colossus was released on PlayStation 2 in 2005 to critical acclaim and awards for design, visuals, and game of the year. A PlayStation 3 HD remake was released bundled with ICO in 2011.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter] – The Feed