Minecraft, since its 2011 release, has become one of the most popular video games of all time. Spanning releases over PC's, Playstations, Xbox, handheld tablet devices, and most recently, the Wii U, it has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars for both its original creator and its new owner, Microsoft. In 2015, it surpassed all expectations and became the highest-grossing PC game of all time and the third best-selling game of all time.Not signed in
In July 2015, Warner Bros. announced that they had hired It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia creator and star, Rob McElhenney to direct a feature film adaptation of the video game. Not to be confused with the recently released Minecraft: Story Mode produced by Telltale Games. It's been recently revealed that Roy Lee, the man behind the mega-success that was The Lego Movie, is attempting to steer the Minecraft movie towards the same demographic and critical success.Not signed in
Lee recently discussed the progress the movie is making. He had this to say during a conversation at DICE 2016,
"We are currently in the scripting stages, And also doing visual designs to show the studio what the world will look like.”
He also stated that even though the original studio, Mojang, no longer owns the rights to the video game, they've still been quite actively involved in the film's creative process.
“The company, Mojang, is very involved in the development. So they know everything is going to be in the movie that can give us insight into future updates so we can put things into the movie around the same time they relaunch newer versions of the game and at the same time, potentially taking ideas from the movie and putting them into the game. So I don’t know exactly what things are going into the game, but they know exactly what’s going into the movie."
The question remains however, just what audience is the Minecraft movie targeting upon release? Lee had this to say on the matter, "they're going for the same target audience as Jurassic World" So, does that mean the film will be targeting a PG-13 rating like the latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise? Or will it temper itself down and keep to a PG rating like The Lego Movie? Lee didn't say, but he did leave his questioner with this enticing and brief logline,
“Minecraft would be part of a multiverse where humans can enter that has the feel of what the live action version of a Minecraft experience.”