Warner Bros.' Minecraft movie has been delayed following the loss of Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who was attacked as director and co-writer of the project. The adaptation of the hit video game was previously scheduled for release in May 2019.
He's the second director to leave the project, following the departure of Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) amid creative differences with the game's developer.
McElhenney was set to direct and co-write the film with Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Pan). Now that he's out of the running, though, Warner Bros. has brought in Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers), who are also attached to Sony's reboot of Masters of the Universe. The Nee brothers have been asked to re-write the movie's script. Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie) is still attached as producer.
The delay moves Minecraft away from such 2019 heavy hitters as Marvel's Avengers 4, Disney's live-action Aladdin and Legendary's Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Minecraft is based on the 2009 hit video game, in which players create their own worlds using textured, 3D cubes. They must also avoid nocturnal monsters as well as stave off hunger and injuries.