Minecraft movie in works at Warner Bros.

Mojang cofounder confirms project, concerns about indie hit "jumping the shark"

Hollywood is once again mining the world of games for subject matter. Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson confirmed on Twitter that he has reached a deal with Warner Bros. for a Minecraft feature film.

"Someone is trying [to] leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft movie," Persson tweeted. "I wanted to be the leak!"

Persson later confirmed to Polygon that he was entirely serious with that post, adding, "I [am] very well aware that this might be Minecraft jumping the shark, but how often do you get to be part of making a movie?"

Within minutes of Persson's original post, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to Minecraft, with Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Jill Messick (Mean Girls) on board as producers.

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Pier Castonguay Programmer 7 years ago
I'm really curious about what a movie about Minecraft could consist of. I mean, there's no story, barely any characters. The game is about creativity and sandbox building, not about telling a story.
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Mbuso Radebe Producer, Electronic Arts7 years ago
I guess similar points could have been mentioned for making a LEGO movie...and that seems to have turned out alright. One could actually argue there is more scope for creativity when there isn't a predetermined story to adhere to...either way, it will be interesting.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
Unless they get good writers from the get-go, it'll be The Lego Movie with Minecraft parts. It'll sell tickets in the mega-millions in other words. Eh, we'll see. I was VERY skeptical of TLM, but it turned out I was eating a double stuffed crow pie when it was released and was far better than I thought.
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