Mojang chooses Minecraft movie director

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney on board

Rob McElhenney, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator and cast member, has been chose to direct the upcoming Minecraft film.

"Some of you may have seen this guy hanging around MINECON in London a couple weeks ago. He's Rob McElhenney, and he's going to be directing the upcoming Minecraft movie," said Mojang's COO Vu Bui.

McElhenney joins The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee on the movie project, which will be developed with Warner Bros.

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Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide2 years ago
The game has yet to appeal to me, so I doubt a movie would either. :) ...but, good luck! There seems to be a lot of money to be had in Minecrafts brand and brand extensions.
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 2 years ago
As a creative platform Minecraft excels. As a movie i kind of fail to see the attraction.
People let their own imagination go wild in Minecraft as opposed to watching a film following a set script.

But im 42, so about 30years too old to understand.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game2 years ago
My son is really excited by it, and it involves the Lego movie producer, so it is in hands with the right experience.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
I will have to say I thought The LEGO Movie was going to tank out hard and it didn't. So I'll not say a thing about this until it's out and the box office tallies prove the side of me that says this is going to be too weird quite wrong. :D
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Another video game movie classic in the making.....
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game2 years ago
The Lego movie may have seem risky to those who didn't have kids the right age, but a little digging shows the popularity of the Lego DC / Marvel / Clutch Powers dvds, Ninjago series and the Lego game cut scenes.

With that age group, Minecraft is one of the most watched youtube things, and apart from mod reviews and building demos, there are plenty of Machinama style stories, that pre-teens lap up. My 10 year old boy loves that stuff, and my 6 year old girl is following suit. Most of the boy's friends are the same. In fact, it was my boy who first told me the film was happening, and he's already decided it's awesome.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 2 years ago
Box office success is an indication for a great many things, quality not being one of them.
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