Minecraft Film Announces Director: Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny

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Yes, you read that right. Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been chosen to helm the Minecraft feature film that’s in the works. The bizarre shock-humor of It’s Always Sunny doesn’t seem like it would mesh well with Mojang’s light-hearted open world game, especially given Minecraft‘s surging popularity with very young children. It’s hard to imagine McElhenney behind a G-rated concept, but the results could be hilarious.

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The film’s original director, Shawn Levy, got the boot from Mojang in December 2014 because his Goonies-inspired concept didn’t pass muster. This suggests that McElhenney, by contrast, must have come up with a concept that did impress Mojang— although one can only imagine what that was. Taking inspiration from Goonies sounds about right for a kid-friendly Minecraft film, but clearly, Mojang wants to take this flick in a totally different direction.

(via SlashFilm, image via Twitter)


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