The Minecraft movie, which has been in limbo since it was first announced four years ago, has a new release date and director.
Based on the hit block building video game, the live-action movie will release on 4 March 2022 – or as the official announcement tells us, 1052 days’ time
The game’s developer Mojang is partnering with Warner Bros. on the movie, which will tell the story of an “unlikely group of adventurers” with a teenage girl in the lead. Sticking loosely to Minecraft’s in-game fiction, the film will see the cast tackle the evil Ender Dragon, hell bent on destroying the blocky Overworld in which players dig, develop tools and delve deeper into the ground in search of treasure.
Launched in 2011 by creator Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson, Minecraft has gone on to sell more than 150 million copies. The Minecraft brand and game developer Mojang was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.
Original attached to American comedian and Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney, before being handed over the reins to Stranger Things director Shawn Levy, Warner Bros. has now settled on Peter Sollet of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist fame to direct.
In its first incarnation the Minecraft movie was supposed to tunnel into cinemas last year, but delays and changes in the director’s chair left the production up in the air. As such, Mojang assured fans on its blog that with Warner Bros. in charge and a firm director found, “this movie is in very capable hands”.