Video game sensation Minecraft is on its way to the movies, with a March 2022 date announced and a director chosen.
Since its unassuming debut in 2009, Minecraft
has gone from a free PC game to an international merchandising sensation.
It's available on every modern console, as well as Android and iOS devices, backpacks, pyjamas, plushies and pencil cases.
After a story-driven spin-off of the creative construction game expanded across computers, consoles, and even onto Netflix via a special interactive edition, Minecraft
is being prepared for theatrical release on March 4, 2022 in US theatres.
The film will follow a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers, the official Minecraft blog
announced, all set on saving the beautiful, blocky Overworld from the malevolent, destructive Ender Dragon.
Warner Bros is overseeing development and director Peter Sollett is also on board, having helmed high school band comedy drama Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
He's also directed episodes of The Path
and this year's NBC New York apartment block drama The Village
, and wrote his first feature, Long Way Home
, something that he's also doing for Minecraft The First Movie
He's worked with some of Hollywood's big names, too, having directed Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in Nick & Norah
and then Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Steve Carell in Freeheld
Vu Bui, COO at Microsoft-owned Minecraft
studio Mojang, is assigned to the project as one of its producers, along with Roy Lee, whose credits range from The Lego Movie
and How To Train Your Dragon
franchises to It
and The Ring
as well another upcoming video game adaptation in Just Cause
and a remake of Fortnite
genre inspiration Battle Royale
. – AFP Relaxnews