HOLLYWOOD – Shawn Levy, the director of the new Minecraft movie, has promised fans of the property that his film will be ‘faithful to the novel’.
Shawn Levy has been tapped to direct the movie which is set to star Tom Hanks (for more on that story click here). He spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:
When they asked me to sign on for the Minecraft Movie I was honored. I mean I’ve worked and I’ve produced some stuff which I can say in all honesty hasn’t been exactly high art. I mean Night at the Museum, okay, for kids perhaps, but The Internship? I mean Jesus Christ talk about an argument against allowing films to be made. So when they called I was overjoyed. At last a gritty piece of genuine art I can put my teeth into. I first read the novel in college and I was taken by it. Emile Zola has been a guiding light for me and to think I will be bringing his work to the screen is beyond words. Amazing. Oh, there! I found the word.
Emile Zola’s novel Artisinat Mine scandalised France when it was first published in 1892 with its brutal depiction of miners and the poverty they suffered, as well as the sexual freedom of their feral existence. The book was highly influential throughout the twentieth Century and even inspired a little known computer game, known as ‘Minecraft’, which will share the film’s English translation of the original French title.
Shawn Levy is painfully aware of the high stakes which he is now playing for but believes that his film will confound his critics:
Fans of Emile Zola’s work can rest easy. I am going to produce a film which is a credit to his reputation and honors his legacy. And will be at least as good as Date Night, if not slightly better.
Minecraft will be released in 2016.