Those who might have hoped Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the hit videogame “Minecraft” would be ready for its proposed May 2019 release, will have to wait a bit longer. The project is undergoing a major rebuild as director and co-writer Rob McElhenney has dropped out of the project — as reported by the TheWrap.

“No, that is not happening,” the star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” told TheWrap.

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To replace McElhenney, Warner Bros. has tapped the writer/director duo of Aaron and Adam Nee to write a new script based on the popular game. The Nee’s are also tabbed to direct Sony Pictures Masters of the Universe project. The previous incarnation of the Minecraft screenplay was written by Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) along with the departing McElhenney.

The change of direction should no doubt push the release to at least 2020 if not later. For those who are unfamiliar, “Minecraft,” was introduced to gamers in 2009 by creator Markus “Notch” Persson. It  has since become a global phenomenon that allows players to create avatars and build virtual worlds. Minecraft will be produced by Roy Lee (“The LEGO Movie) under his Vertigo Entertainment banner with Jill Messick. While the delay is disappointing to those who had high hopes for a Minecraft based adventure, it is not been discarded entirely. So hope springs eternal. In the meantime, there are skeletons and creepers to kill.

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