On Monday, April 18, Variety confirmed that Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa is in talks to star in a live-action Minecraft film for Warner Bros. Based on the incredibly popular video game, Minecraft will be directed by Jared Hess, primarily known for Napolean Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
A Minecraft movie has been in development hell for years. Creators like Shawn Levy, Rob McElhenney, and Peter Sollett have all been in talks to direct the video game adaptation. Even Steve Carell was in negotiations at one point to star. Mary Parent and Roy Lee will produce, and Jill Messick will receive a posthumous credit for working on the film prior to her death in 2018. Jon Berg, Cale Boyter, and Jon Spaihts will executive produce. Mojang Studios, the Swedish video game developer behind Minecraft, will produce via Lydia Winters and Vu Bui.
Minecraft launched in 2011 and became a worldwide hit amongst video game fans and YouTube streamers. The game’s appeal is that of being able to create your own 3D worlds using colorful blocks by mining materials and crafting items. In 2021, there were nearly 140 million monthly users alone. Microsoft acquired Mojang Studios for $2.5 billion in 2014, which was one of the first major acquisitions of a video game developer.
First reported by The Ankler, the studio hopes Minecraft will become a live-action franchise once it’s officially greenlit. Mojang Studios released the plot of the film back in 2019:
The malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, prompting a young girl and her group of unlikely adventurers to set out to save the Overworld.
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Will You Watch A Live-Action ‘Minecraft’ Movie?
With the major success of studio films such as Detective Pikachu and Sonic The Hedgehog, it’s easy to see why film studios are looking to adapt more video games into major motion pictures. Do you want to see Jason Momoa as Minecraft Steve? Or is this one video game movie you’d rather miss? Let us know on social media today.